Definition of tower (or pillar) of strength in US English:

tower (or pillar) of strength


  • A person who can be relied upon to give a great deal of support and comfort to others.

    • ‘‘McCrystal's been an absolute tower of strength for us this season and of course he's a massive loss,’ said O'Boyle.’
    • ‘Butts's mother was a community-minded tower of strength.’
    • ‘It is stomach-turning to realise that my parents, my pillars of strength and support, are victims of my wrongdoing.’
    • ‘He said: ‘She's lost two stone and a lot of her confidence but she's a tower of strength underneath.’’
    • ‘My husband, always a tower of strength in moments of crisis, mumbled how he couldn't wait for his next visit when he could tell his companion about his last trip to the city with his first wife.’
    • ‘He was a tower of strength and showed tremendous leadership in the performing of such a difficult role on behalf of the school.’
    • ‘Terry, too, has been a tower of strength and dynamism.’
    • ‘The Meningitis Trust has been a tower of strength to me, my wife Helen and daughter Sian - and they do the same for hundreds of other families each year.’
    • ‘And while most of you will vehemently disagree with me, it is a pillar of strength to know that God is there with you and supporting you.’
    • ‘But they lacked the craft and the power to break down a splendidly-organised Shannon defence, in which centre-back David Barrett was a tower of strength as players found it difficult to hold their footing.’
    support, pillar of strength, tower of strength, rock, mainstay, anchor
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