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[n] the forestay that braces the mainmast
[n] a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"
[n] a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"

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\Main"stay`\, n.
1. (Naut.) The stay extending from the foot of the foremast to the maintop.
2. Main support; principal dependence. The great mainstay of the Church. --Buckle.

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