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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.
See also: grand, man, of, old
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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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Instead of retiring to the countryside as the grand old man of journalism after Watergate, Bernstein could not resist the allures of trapping and skinning for himself another president, and now goes down as a fool.
When I first met him, I was a young peace activist, and I approached him, the Grand Old Man of the Israeli peace camp, with a mix of trepidation and admiration.
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I went up to him and his entourage, and proving that children often say the silliest things, I looked at him with a puzzled expression, and asked, in English and with a thick American accent, "Are you sure you are President Glafcos Clerides?" The Grand Old Man of Cypriot politics already smiling, gave a hearty laugh, along with the rest of his entourage.
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