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clergyman, clergywoman, priest, churchman, churchwoman, man of the cloth, woman of the cloth, man of god, woman of god, cleric, minister, preacher, chaplain, fatherView synonyms
- ‘When I was in the Air Force, we called our chaplain a "Holy Joe."’
- 1.1 A sanctimonious or pious person.
- ‘"He was a bit of a holy Joe, to be honest, but everyone liked him," said a contemporary at Trinity. "One of his best pals was the college chaplain."’
- ‘Now I am not painting John as a Holy Joe, it is just that the lad is sensible.’
- ‘Now do you really think that a Holy Mary would violate Gods Word?’
Late 19th century: originally nautical slang.
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