tower of strength


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tower of strength

Fig. a person who can always be depended on to provide support and encouragement, especially in times of trouble. Mary was a tower of strength when Jean was in the hospital. She looked after her whole family. Jack was a tower of strength during the time that his father was unemployed.
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tower of strength

A dependable person on whom one can lean in time of trouble, as in After Dad died Grandma was a tower of strength for the whole family. This expression, first recorded in 1549, originally was used most often to refer to God and heaven, but Shakespeare had it differently in Richard III (5:3): "Besides, the King's name is a tower of strength."
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She has been a tower of strength to me and what I would have done without her, I do not know.
Some may have suffered through sickness, injury or family loss or may have been a tower of strength to others in times of trouble, helping those less fortunate than themselves.
Derek Todd, Thinktank's director of finance and administration, said: 'Byron has been a tower of strength over the past 12 months as we have expanded from a core development team to a fully operational staff of 90.
For seven years the diminutive goalie has been a tower of strength for a team that hasn't always provided him with quality support.
She died four weeks ago and they have been a tower of strength to their son in law and his two children.
He has been a dear friend and a tower of strength during those years.
The rugged Williams - a Gloucester schoolmaster - proved to be a tower of strength in the contact area, carried the ball with purpose and tackled everything that moved with great gusto.
TOWER OF STRENGTH Troubled teenagers with psychologist David Coleman
Mark Creighton proved a tower of strength in Harriers' defence, blocking out goalbound efforts from D'Sane and Tim Sills.
He was a tower of strength to the family after the recent loss of his wife.
After my mother's death, he had been a tower of strength and seemed to want to help my father get on with life," he said.
A BRAVE little girl who has been described as a tower of strength was given a special surprise when she left hospital yesterday.
She was even a tower of strength for her mother Cath, 37, when she developed breast cancer.
Mrs Williams said, ``They have been a tower of strength .
She was a tower of strength to both Tony and to the Church in Worcester.