tower of strength


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tower of strength

Fig. a person who can always be depended on to provide support and encouragement, especially in times of trouble. Mary was a tower of strength when Jean was in the hospital. She looked after her whole family. Jack was a tower of strength during the time that his father was unemployed.
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tower of strength

A dependable person on whom one can lean in time of trouble, as in After Dad died Grandma was a tower of strength for the whole family. This expression, first recorded in 1549, originally was used most often to refer to God and heaven, but Shakespeare had it differently in Richard III (5:3): "Besides, the King's name is a tower of strength."
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a tower of strength

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a pillar of strength

COMMON If someone is a tower of strength or a pillar of strength during a difficult period in your life, they give you a lot of help or support. My eldest daughter was a tower of strength for me when I was sick. In her terrible sadness she has found Charles to be a pillar of strength.
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a tower (or pillar) of strength

a person who can be relied upon to be a source of strong support and comfort.
This phrase may come from the Book of Common Prayer: ‘O Lord…be unto them a tower of strength’.
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a ˌpillar/ˌtower of ˈstrength

a person who gives you the courage and determination to continue when you are in a bad situation: My wife has been a tower of strength during my illness.During your five years in prison, Terry was a pillar of strength.
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She has been a tower of strength to me and what I would have done without her, I do not know.
Some may have suffered through sickness, injury or family loss or may have been a tower of strength to others in times of trouble, helping those less fortunate than themselves.
For seven years the diminutive goalie has been a tower of strength for a team that hasn't always provided him with quality support.
Grimandi, a tower of strength in central defence despite having to pass a late fitness test and avoid joining Wenger's list of crocks, grabbed the decider four minutes after the break.
He has been a dear friend and a tower of strength during those years.
The rugged Williams - a Gloucester schoolmaster - proved to be a tower of strength in the contact area, carried the ball with purpose and tackled everything that moved with great gusto.
To quote Winston Churchill's memoirs: "Neville Chamberlain was always a tower of strength in the country's hour of need.
I brought in central defender Greg Allard from Cadbury's and he has proved a tower of strength.
One of the most positive points was the display of Martin Skrtel who was a tower of strength.
2 HER new workmate, Stacey, has been a tower of strength in cheering her up.
Current single Breath Me In shined with as much grandiose brilliance as the classic Severina, with the uplifting Deliverance and the fans' ode Tower Of Strength proving to be a couple of highlights among many, confirming that this was a triumphant return to form.
Harriers will have to shuffle their defensive ranks after on-loan Adrian Viveash, a tower of strength alongside Wayne Hatswell, returned to Swindon Town.
and Wales hope Iestyn Harris proves a real tower of strength against France in Paris today.
He said: "Some years back when were in the middle of the `Save our Brough' campaign and things didn't look too good for Newcastle track, Ian was a tower of strength.
MICHAEL Ball has revealed that England star Jamie Redknapp, left, has been a tower of strength as the Rangers star battles back from a career- threatening knee injury.