man of the cloth


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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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man of the cloth

a clergyman.
Jonathan Swift used cloth as an informal term for the clerical profession in the early 18th century, but it was earlier applied to several other occupations for which distinctive clothing was worn, e.g. the legal or military professions.
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a ˌman of ˈGod/the ˈcloth

(old-fashioned, formal) a religious man, especially a priest or a clergyman
See also: cloth, god, man, of
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MAN OF THE CLOTH: Arthur Darvill, also below, as Rev Paul Coates in Broadchurch
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With an economy of language and a precision rare in the current atmosphere of linguistic exorbitance, the author is able paint vividly the comic torment of this man of the cloth: "A few minutes later she directed him to a bare spot behind some oak trees, near a canal.
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Were it not for his way with words--"bloodsucking Jews" is one of his boilerplate phrases--and a reputation built on a rather nasty hoax--the Tawana Brawley affair--this humble man of the cloth might only be known to us as a fat, medallioned tax cheat.
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The man of the cloth said he will continue preaching the Gospel.
Rosarosoalso known as "Father Onie"said the public should be suspicious once the bogus man of the cloth begins asking for money for his services.