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ape leader

obsolete A pejorative term for an older single woman; a spinster or old maid. From an old proverb that women who die unmarried are fated to lead apes—considered at the time to be unproductive animals—in hell. At the risk of being labeled an ape leader by ignorant people, I have chosen a life without marriage, and I am perfectly happy to do so.
See also: ape, leader

the leader of the free world

1. The United States of America, especially in relation to international politics. (Sometimes capitalized.) Ever since the Cold War, America has prided itself on being known as the Leader of the Free World. Some people feel that our country has a responsibility, as the leader of the free world, to help shape the way countries across the globe do business.
2. By extension, the President of the United States of America. (Sometimes capitalized.) Since he was a young boy, Gerald had dreamed of someday becoming the leader of the free world.
See also: free, leader, of, world
References in classic literature ?
The bands marched in separate bodies under their several leaders.
yelled the leader, scratching at the foot of the tree.
Fortunate for Okar is it that you were here to prevent their escape, for these be the greatest villains north of the ice-barrier, and this one"--pointing to the leader of the party--"would have made himself Jeddak of Jeddaks in the place of the dead Salensus Oll.
Recognizing the falsity of this view of history, another set of historians say that power rests on a conditional delegation of the will of the people to their rulers, and that historical leaders have power only conditionally on carrying out the program that the will of the people has by tacit agreement prescribed to them.
A ha, my hearties," roared the leader, turning to his motley crew, "fine pickings here indeed.
Of course, if you make a howling mistake," Collins told them, "that's when you all pull the wires like mad and poke the leader and whirl him around.
The she-wolf, the young leader on her left, and the one-eyed elder on her right, led their half of the pack down to the Mackenzie River and across into the lake country to the east.
The death of the Genoese leader did indeed bring the resistance to an end.
46: Her Hippostratus (did wed), a scion of Ares, the splendid son of Phyetes, of the line of Amarynces, leader of the Epeians.
If you had married Roy Gardner, now," continued Gilbert mercilessly, "YOU could have been `a leader in social and intellectual circles far away from Four Winds.
An elderly man, evidently the leader, lifted a soft felt hat and mopped the perspiration from the bald top of his head.
At some little distance in front of the whole, marched the individual, who, by his position and air, appeared to be the leader of the band.
Had the acute-angled rabble been all, without exception, absolutely destitute of hope and of ambition, they might have found leaders in some of their many seditious outbreaks, so able as to render their superior numbers and strength too much even for the wisdom of the Circles.
The leaders were of gray, and the pole-horses of a jet-black.
At the moment I was as uplifted as the others, for the chance had come at last, with what we all regarded as a prodigious salary, but I was wanted in the beginning of the week, and it suddenly struck me that the leaders were the one thing I had always skipped.