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- n. a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
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A little overblown, certainly, but John Lindsay appreciated rhetoric and he was playing two parts: filling what he’d called “the second toughest job in America,” and claiming an increasingly prominent role as a national leader of the anti-Nixon, antiwar forces.