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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
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Richard, by a sudden application of the whip, succeeded in forcing the leaders into the snow-bank that covered the quarry; but the instant that the impatient animals suffered by the crust, through which they broke at each step, they positively refused to move an inch farther in that direction.
The big bay leader had leaped many times in the air, but Mowgli dared not risk a false blow.
But in that case the question arises whether all the activity of the leaders serves as an expression of the people's will or only some part of it.
There was no telling what the outcome would have been, for the third wolf joined the elder, and together, old leader and young leader, they attacked the ambitious three-year-old and proceeded to destroy him.
Through them the socialist leaders of both countries presented their ultimatum to the rulers.
But Asclepiades says that Arsinoe was the daughter of Leucippus, Perieres' son, and that to her and Apollo Asclepius and a daughter, Eriopis, were born: `And she bare in the palace Asclepius, leader of men, and Eriopis with the lovely hair, being subject in love to Phoebus.
But the Leader of the Lions, when he got back to his den, saw his wife, the Queen Lioness, come running out to meet him with her hair untidy.
They were always just going to have a leader, and laws and customs of their own, but they never did, because their memories would not hold over from day to day, and so they compromised things by making up a saying, "What the Bandar-log think now the jungle will think later," and that comforted them a great deal.
They laughed again loudly at this, and the leader said with frown:
As they were going down D'Artagnan laid his hand on the shoulder of their leader.
The Parisians wiped their brows, and viewed their leader with respect.
He seized his axe, which he had made very sharp, and as the leader of the wolves came on the Tin Woodman swung his arm and chopped the wolf's head from its body, so that it immediately died.
At sight of us they halted in their tracks, and then an ugly smile overspread the features of their leader.
d'Artagnan shall have manifested the desire of giving in his resignation, he shall no longer be reckoned leader of the expedition, and every officer placed under his orders shall be held to no longer obey him.
The leader was a mighty fellow with a great shock of coarse black hair and a red, bloated face almost concealed by a huge matted black beard.