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mainstay

 
Noun mainstay has 3 senses
  1. pillar, mainstay - a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
    --1 is a kind of supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friend
  2. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin - a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"
    --2 is a kind of support
  3. mainstay - the forestay that braces the mainmast
    --3 is a kind of
    forestay
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