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noun [countable]     pillar pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a thick strong upright post that supports part of a building
    1. a.
      something that is tall and thin
      pillar of:

      a pillar of rock/smoke

  2. 2
    formal someone who is important and respected within a group
    a pillar of society/the community/the establishment:

    Mr Henderson is a pillar of society.

    1. a.
      someone who has a strong character and helps or supports other people
      a pillar of strength/support:

      You’ve been a pillar of strength to me.

  3. 3
    an important idea, principle, or belief
    pillar of:

    The treaty is a pillar of arms control in the nuclear age.

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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