a tower of strength

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) a support, someone to rely on

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A tower of strength is a person who gives support, gives comfort.

French translation

une personne solide comme un roc, un pilier

How NOT to translate : *une tour de force


Examples in context

‘Teen Rosie is a tower of strength to parents

At just 16 years old, Rosie King has presented an Emmy Award-winning documentary, illustrated a children’s book and spoken at a prestigious Washington conference that was broadcast live to 150 countries worldwide.

But it is for the tower of strength she provides her parents in helping to care for her younger brother and sister that Rosie, of Horbury, Wakefield, has been nominated for a Yorkshire Children of Courage award.’

The Yorkshire Evening Post, 26th September 2014


’Wembley is a tower of strength at last

It cost 100 times more than its predecessor and has been beset by political, financial and pitch problems but yesterday the new Wembley was crowned one of the world’s best stadiums.
Emerging from the shadow of the Empire Stadium is a venue which UEFA consider ideal for the biggest matches ; worthy of hosting the Champions League final for the second time in three years in 2013.’

The Daily Mail, 16th June 2011


Everyday usage

Mary was a tower of strength when Jean was in the hospital. She looked after the whole family.

However, her athletic prowess is not the sole reason she deserves special mention. This lady is a tower of strength when it comes to supporting her community through volunteer efforts.

"Besides, the King’s name is a tower of strength." Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 5, Scene 3

b) a strong athlete

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c) a prowess, a great achievement

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