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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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Breaking the taboos of instability, political patronage, men of the cloth and the military rule are just the beginning.
Universal, whose artists include Amy Winehouse and 50 Cent, placed adverts in religious publications to find men of the cloth or sacred singers to record an album of Gregorian chant.
These mature men of the cloth gave good service in their day .
Set on a transatlantic liner, the SS American, with the Wall Street crash a still painful memory, Anything Goes features the kind of comic cast ( gangsters, stowaways, dancers, millionaires, over-protective dowagers and men of the cloth (mostly fake) ( that has sustained many a writing and acting career.
Then again, I don't suppose the couple need sanctimonious men of the cloth or pontificating journalists to pore over their misfortune.
Flanked by ``spiritual advisers'' Grady Kelly and Edgar Medrano, both dressed as men of the cloth, Brian Lonquich and Perera sang Renaissance-era chants, which were ``blessed'' at their conclusion by the monks.
On the retro, fundamentalist, side, various men of the cloth announced that the tsunami was the rational act of a deity enraged by (take your pick): the suppression of Christianity in South Asia, pornography and child-trafficking in that same locale, or, in the view of some Muslim commentators, the bikiniclad tourists at Phuket.
A PRIEST yesterday hit out at brides who keep clerics waiting at the altar, insisting the men of the cloth are taken for granted.