father figure

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father figure (plural father figures)

  1. One who represents, behaves as, or is regarded as equivalent to a father for another person or group of people.
    • 1999 December 13, Ian Traynor, “Obituary: Franjo Tudjman”, in The Guardian, UK, retrieved 8 July 2014:
      Tudjman, the national father-figure, emerged as the improbable and unexpected victor of the wars of the Yugoslav succession of 1991-99.
    • 2008 July 21, Jonathan Mahler, “Hamdan: Guantánamo's Mystery Man”, in Time, retrieved 8 July 2014:
      Orphaned at a young age, he found a father figure in the confident and committed al-Bahri.
    Coordinate term: mother figure


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