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tower of strength

Someone who is very dependable and provides a great deal of support or encouragement, especially in times of trouble or difficulty. Mary has been an absolute tower of strength ever since my mother fell ill. My husband has been a tower of strength while I work on my PhD.
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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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tower of strength

A reliable, supportive person, dependable especially in time of trouble. In the Bible this image is often reserved for God or, later, for religious faith. In the nineteenth century Tennyson used it for the duke of Wellington: “O fall’n at length that tower of strength” (“Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington,” 1852). It remains current.
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TOWERS OF STRENGTH: Wirral Sunday League Premier Division side Towers FC had their most successful season last year, reaching three cup finals, winning two - the Challenge Cup and Pyke Sunday Cup - and finishing runners-up in the Premier Division after being promoted from the First Division the season before.
Their love for the daughter they lost and their faith in God has made them towers of strength.
He, along with secretary Norman Harvey, were towers of strength in the contentious issue of all Premier clubs having to have floodlights.
They and their staff have been towers of strength during this time.
John Brough, giving his usual captain's performance and Ian Hillier were both towers of strength at the back for County and Jacob Giles in goal had one serious save to make in 90 minutes.
Boro, who have gone second in the table behind neighbours Hinckley United, oozed class in all departments with skipper Neil Moore and his central defensive partner Terry Angus towers of strength while in midfield Brian McGorry was a willing workhorse.
Shaun Garnett and Scott McNiven were towers of strength at the back and we built from there.
Town, the visitors, were unable to pierce a rugged Rovers rearguard in which Gore and Moore were twin towers of strength.
Our team was magnificent, our forwards towers of strength, Jonny Wilkinson, skilful and inspirational.
In midfield centres Jonathan Hawker and Steven John were towers of strength.