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The meaning and origin of the expression: Tower of strength

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Tower of strength

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Tower of strength'?

Someone who can be relied on to provide support and comfort.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Tower of strength'?

This term derives from The Book of Common Prayer, 1549:

"O lorde... Bee vnto them a tower of strength."

Shakespeare later used it in Richard III, 1594:

'The king's name is a tower of strength."

See also: ivory tower.

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