a male who replaces an absent father and becomes an object of attachment.
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- father figure,
- father lasher,
- father of his country,
- father of the chapel,
- father of the house,
- father time,
- father's day,
- father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,
Origin of father substitute
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called father surrogate.
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