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founding father

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfounding fatherˌfounding ˈfather noun [countable]  START something/MAKE something STARTsomeone who begins something such as a new way of thinking, or a new organizationfounding father of Saint Basil, one of the founding fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church
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founding fatherAnd a neighborhood in Southern California went looking for a corporate sponsor to become its nominal founding father.I think the founding father saw to it that no-one else shared centre stage.founding father ofBrooks Stevens was a founding father of industrial design.
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