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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/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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Ken Crane, known as the grand old man of retailing in southern California.
As the grand old man of the BJP, one who has outlasted his ideological buddy Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he probably feels he has underachieved and feels let down by his mates within the party.
Doris, a granny from Selkirk, in Scotland, reckons her impersonation of Sir Winston, the grand old man of World War Two, was the best in the world.
But Gladstone is much more than a mere historic figure; he has a powerful relevance to our own times, claims Prof the Lord Alton, who will give a lecture about the Grand Old Man tomorrow in Liverpool.
The grand old man of the team, 40-year-old fellow opener Sanath Jayasuriya, has even more to prove with a meagre 10 from his first outing followed by a duck in the second outing.
The grand old man of Worcestershire was known as the sergeant major at the Lickeys and is still an upright and commanding figure.
RANGERS defender Davie Weir is set to become the grand old man of international football, according to Scotland boss Alex McLeish.
There will also be a concert, Discovering Dutilleux, which will be a unique celebration of the grand old man of French music.
The grand old man of Spanish acting, Fernan-Gomez is associated with many of the experimental and dissident films made under Francisco Franco.
Beat The Clock was one of Bruce's early successes and I think everyone will agree the grand old man of mirth is still beating it today.
If you want to meet the Grand Old Man of Vaudeville, he'll be at Borders Books, 100 S.
The grand old man of metal returns in rude health with an album that's so sparky it glows.
In the course of deploring the Anglocentricity of The Grove Book of Art Writing and the absence from the selection of so many leading American art writers, my friend Robert Storr ["British Evasion," January] sees me in a role that doesn't altogether correspond with the facts: "David Sylvester, the grand old man of English criticism and the authority figure around whom pivots this strange dance of old-school studio artists and new-media practitioners, weighs in with nine entries.
Trevor Dannatt writes a personal memoir of Denys Lasdun, the Grand Old Man of English architecture, who died last month.
WALTHER J JACOBS, the grand old man of German racing and breeding, has died at the age of 91.