One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man long and highly respected in (a particular field)‘the grand old man of the Labour Left’
- ‘Doctors drop in to visit him and when he's out walking down Carter Road, old patients (who look older than him) walk up to greet the grand old man of medicine.’
- ‘He could be considered the grand old man of the internet in Scotland.’
- ‘He was the grand old man of British politics.’
- ‘All of sudden I'm the grand old man of New South Wales politics.’
- ‘Since the successful running of a restaurant is a team effort, the grand old man of catering also presented mementos to his employees in appreciation of their contribution.’
- ‘Hockney, now almost 70, is fast approaching the status of a grand old man of British art and this well-chosen show allows us to see precisely why.’
- ‘But I am a joker and I make fun of death,’ said the grand old man of words.’
- ‘His career may be a legacy in progress but he has clearly reached a point where others regard him as a slightly intimidating grand old man of cinema.’
- ‘The grand old man of American business had been looking to secure a favourable result for the world's largest-ever industrial takeover.’
- ‘But he had one - since the Republicans had lost the 1960 election, he was still considered the grand old man of the party.’
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