the grand old man of (something)

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the grand old man of (something)

The most senior and respected man in a particular organization, society, etc. His decades of hosting charity balls and galas have made him the grand old man of London.
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a (or the) grand old man of

a man long and highly respected in a particular field.
Recorded from 1882 , and popularly abbreviated as GOM, Grand Old Man was the nickname of the British statesman William Ewart Gladstone ( 1809–98 ), who went on to win his last election in 1892 at the age of eighty-three.
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a/the ˌgrand old ˈman (of something)

an old man who is very experienced and respected in a particular profession, etc: At eighty, he is the grand old man of the British film industry.
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At that time Professor Joseph Henry, who knew more of the theory of electrical science than any other American, was the Grand Old Man of Washington; and poor Bell, in his doubt and desperation, resolved to run to him for advice.
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Earl Cameron is truly the grand old man of the acting profession.
ERRY Lewis, the grand old man of Hollywood slapstick, has died aged 91.
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The Grand Old Man of Baseball: Connie Mack in His Final Years, 1932-1956
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With 10 World Cups and 10 Olympic Games under his belt, Bill was without doubt the grand old man of Irish sports broadcasting.
Turning his camera on works of art and the people who steer the distinguished London complex, the grand old man of hands-off documentaries studies paintings and bears witness to staff meetings, curatorial discussions and gallery talks.
The Grand Old Man of Cypriot politics already smiling, gave a hearty laugh, along with the rest of his entourage.
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Achuthanandan, the grand old man of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), was yesterday dropped from the politburo, the most powerful decision making body of the party.
The grand old man of Kenyan cricket, enjoying his fifth World Cup after making his debut in 1996, was made captain for the day in the absence of Jimmy Kamande but from there on his team s innocuous bowling and frail batting ruined his big day.
Wednesday Attenborough and the Giant Egg BBC Two Wales, 8pm The grand old man of the nature show goes on a personal journey of discovery in search of the last remaining traces of the extinct elephant bird.
PETE TONG Wonderland 2010 The grand old man of dance music may have been moved to a later slot on Radio 1, but he still knows a fine tune when he hears one.