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standard-bearerˈstandard-ˌbearer noun [countable] formal  1 SUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANan important leader in a moral argument or political group2 PMAa soldier in past times who carried the standard (=flag) at the front of an army
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standard-bearerThe Soil Association, a standard-bearer for the organic movement, was disappointed by the agency paper.Clinton is not Hubert Humphrey, the 1968 Democratic standard-bearer who believed the government could solve almost any problem.The 73-year-old Republican standard-bearer took time out of his busy campaign schedule last week to search for those roots.Sir Keith Joseph, the right's standard-bearer, blew it with an injudicious speech about the underclass.The flag of each regiment was proudly carried in front by its sturdy standard-bearer.In the march toward Manifest Destiny, Frederic Church was now one of the standard-bearers.
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