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patron saint
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Great Expectations
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as in: a patron saint Define
in some Christian denominations: a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
  • This was not a very ceremonious way of rendering homage to a patron saint, but I believe Old Clem stood in that relation towards smiths.

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  • Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
  • The statue in the garden is of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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as in: a patron of the arts Define
someone who contributes money to an organization or: a supporter of an organization or person
  • I have found out who my patron is.

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  • She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
  • The Earl of Southampton was Shakespeare’s only known patron.

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unspecified meaning
  • It would all come out in good time, I observed, and in the meanwhile nothing was to be said, save that I had come into great expectations from a mysterious patron.
  • Never even hinted, for instance, that your patron might have views as to your marriage ultimately?

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  • "Is it likely," I said, after hesitating, "that my patron, the fountain-head you have spoken of, Mr. Jaggers, will soon—" there I delicately stopped.
  • In these dialogues, my sister spoke to me as if she were morally wrenching one of my teeth out at every reference; while Pumblechook himself, self-constituted my patron, would sit supervising me with a depreciatory eye, like the architect of my fortunes who thought himself engaged on a very unremunerative job.
  • He had no occasion to say after that that he had conceived an aversion for my patron, neither had I occasion to confess my own.
  • His being my lawyer, and his being the lawyer of your patron is a coincidence.
  • "Have you heard, Joe," I asked him that evening, upon further consideration, as he smoked his pipe at the window, "who my patron was?"
  • But I had quite determined that it would be a heartless fraud to take more money from my patron in the existing state of my uncertain thoughts and plans.
  • I entertain a conviction, based upon large experience, that if in the days of my prosperity I had gone to the North Pole, I should have met somebody there, wandering Esquimaux or civilized man, who would have told me that Pumblechook was my earliest patron and the founder of my fortunes.
  • To state that my terrible patron carried this little black book about the world solely to swear people on in cases of emergency, would be to state what I never quite established; but this I can say, that I never knew him put it to any other use.

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  • ) that the youth’s earliest patron, companion, and friend, was a highly respected individual not entirely unconnected with the corn and seed trade, and whose eminently convenient and commodious business premises are situate within a hundred miles of the High Street.

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as in: a patron of the arts Define
someone who contributes money to an organization or: a supporter of an organization or person
as in: a patron of the restaurant Define
a customer -- especially a regular one
as in: a patron saint Define
in some Christian denominations: a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
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