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grand old man

a highly respected, usually elderly man who has been a major or the most important figure in a specific field for many years. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The rope was tight now, and every muscle of the grand old man was tense.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • No wonder that Verdi has been styled the "grand old man" of music.

    Verdi: Man and Musician

    Frederick James Crowest
  • The grand old man went to his great reward in February, 1893.

  • This is wonderfully clear and straightforward for the grand old man.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • And those who loved the grand old man of football were legion.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Mr. Cocke objected, however, and the grand old man was re-elected.

    Charles Lewis Cocke William Robert Lee Smith
  • It takes rather a grand old man to make a joke in the grand style.

    The Trees of Pride G.K. Chesterton
  • He was not the grand old man in spirit, whatever he may have been in age.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • The testimony of an eye witness is to the effect, that never did the grand old man seem in finer form.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

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