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PERCH, measure. The length of sixteen feet and a half: a pole or rod of that length. Forty perches in length and four in breadth make an acre of land.

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Yet City reach the festive season just two points ahead of Manchester United and Pulis has warned Mancini his side are the ones every team will be looking to knock off their perch from now on.
Not only are they experienced they are very good players who you have to somehow knock off their perch.