father image

father figure

noun
a man embodying or seeming to embody the qualities of an idealized conception of the male parent, eliciting from others the emotional responses that a child typically has toward its father.
Also called father image.


Origin:
1930–35

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father figure

noun
a man who takes over all the functions of the real father 
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