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leading light

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishleading lightleading lightIMPORTANTa respected person who leads a group or organization, or is important in a particular area of knowledge or activity The two women were leading lights of the women’s union. leading
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leading lightBy now, Braudel had become one of its leading lights, and from 1956 to 1968 he was virtually its editor.She loves gym workouts, swimming and playing netball - she is a leading light in a local women's team.On renouncing alcohol he was pardoned and he set sail for Darlington where he became a leading light in the Society.This victory may set Stretch up with a world-title elimination fight with Britain's other leading light middleweight, Chris Pyatt.Harrison, a man of simple birth and high intelligence, crossed swords with the leading lights of his day.The merchants were the leading lights of the popolo grasso or rich bourgeoisie.Another was a leading light opera singer in the local community.
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