from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An older man, often one in a position of power or influence, who elicits the emotions usually reserved for a father.

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  • noun someone that represents, behaves as, or is thought of as a father to another person or group of people.

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  • noun a man who takes over all the functions of the real father


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  • Though he was just in his mid-20s, Bush was able to play the role of father figure, using his considerable family inheritance to spoil youth group kids with trips to the movies and parties hosted at his expensive home that boasted attractive amenities for the teenage set. stories: News


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