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    a pillar of society

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
    Alfred said: “How are you, Father, did you have a good rest this afternoon?” “First rate – first rate. Dreamt about the old days! That was before I settled down and became a pillar of society.”

    a pillar of society = an influential person

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: a pillar of society

    Yes - or 'a well-respected member of the community'.


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