man of the cloth


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man of the cloth

A priest or clergyman. Ever since he was young, John knew he wanted to become a man of the cloth.
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man of the cloth

Fig. a clergyman. Father Brown is a man of the cloth and is welcome at our table for dinner every Sunday.
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man of the cloth

a clergyman.
Jonathan Swift used cloth as an informal term for the clerical profession in the early 18th century, but it was earlier applied to several other occupations for which distinctive clothing was worn, e.g. the legal or military professions.
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a ˌman of ˈGod/the ˈcloth

(old-fashioned, formal) a religious man, especially a priest or a clergyman
See also: cloth, god, man, of
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A man of the cloth was presiding over a marriage of his daughter, who loved a lady enough to marry her, and the father has been found guilty and punished.
Not only has he failed to credit a man of the cloth, but Rep.
Yet it soon becomes apparent that, like his wives, we don't know this strange yet charming man at all, apart from the tantalising titbits Haigh feeds us along he way, of his days at the seminary, as a man of the cloth, the past he hides so well.
We remember a man of the cloth who made wine from milk in Alaska several years ago.
Were it not for his way with words--"bloodsucking Jews" is one of his boilerplate phrases--and a reputation built on a rather nasty hoax--the Tawana Brawley affair--this humble man of the cloth might only be known to us as a fat, medallioned tax cheat.
Haggle over every inch Pitch a camp at every stitch, militarize the organized body Organize around and beat up the naked body in the crowd, don't listen to a man of the cloth Give them textbooks, let them disguise themselves Cloth drops on the body, the soul - attaches to the body The King of Cloth collects gold thread silver thread and elastic bands Cloth goods, no world for plain folk, numerous advisors Rigid hierarchy, integrate measures to facilitate The use of a world language, cloth: Cotton flowers: white letters Cloth philosopher said: "Buddha should be clothed in gold.
He's meant to be a man of the cloth, not sexually abusing and raping people.
Rosarosoalso known as "Father Onie"said the public should be suspicious once the bogus man of the cloth begins asking for money for his services.
Grantchester UTV, 9pm Sidney, man of the cloth, becomes an action hero tonight (in his way) when he saves a woman from a burning building.
I feel a man of the cloth declaring war on another section of Scottish society is pretty despicable.
He said: "He is supposed to be a man of the cloth but he has shown no compassion, no integrity and no humanity.
Paul Freeman in Hot Fuzz ANYONE that saw Raiders Of The Lost Ark would have been suspicious of this man of the cloth from the off.
But feeling spiritual is actually not a new experience for Johnny, who was once going to become a man of the cloth.
AXED X Factor judge LOUIS WALSH let rip with a foul-mouthed rant on a packed flight - only to realise he was talking to a man of the cloth.