pillar of (something)

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pillar of (something)

1. One who is a particularly active, respected, and influential member of or contributor to some particular thing or group. He had long been considered a pillar of the industry, but the recent scandal has reduced his reputation to dust. Global expansion has been a pillar of the company's long-term plan for many years now.
2. A person who shows a great amount of some admirable behavior or characteristic. My uncle has been a pillar of support for me, helping me through many difficult moments in my life. I have to say that Janet has been a pillar of strength throughout this whole tragic affair.
See also: of, pillar