Aberdeen, perched on the North Sea, offers a perfect example of the schism between the top and bottom earners.
perched on plastic furniture, he drinks a warm can of Heineken as the sun sets over a rubble-strewn courtyard.
Her mate was perched two trees away, ready to risk all to protect the nest.
The higher of the two is perched 27 meters above the lake's surface –– about the same height as an eight-story building.
They were perched atop our five-boat flotilla and I cried like a baby.
I found myself borne high in the air, perched on a huge hand that was carried by its semi-human comrades.
There was a copy of Romeo and Juliet perched on top of a pile of books.
In the garden some tiny owls, perched on the branches of a lace-bark tree, called: More pork; more pork.
There ahead of him, perched on the cliff, at the foot of which the river flowed, was the sanitarium.
They had reached a piny knoll high above the ledge on which the house was perched.
"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.
"spiny-finned freshwater fish," c.1300, from Old French perche, from Latin perca "perch," from Greek perke "a perch," from PIE root *perk- "speckled, spotted" (cf. Sanskrit prsnih "speckled, variegated;" Greek perknos "dark-colored," perkazein "to become dark"), typically in names of animals.
"to roost," late 14c., from Old French perchier "to sit on a perch" (of a bird), from perche (n.) (see perch (n.1)). Related: Perched; perching.