The elder Bush, beloved by those who know him, is the glue that holds the presidential club together.
When you glue them together, they have extraordinary strength.
With evangelical zeal, he invites the applauding audience to join him in harnessing “the power of paper and glue.”
early 13c., from Old French glu "birdlime" (12c.), from Late Latin glutem (nominative glus) "glue," from Latin gluten "glue, beeswax," from PIE *gleit- "to glue, paste" (cf. Lithuanian glitus "sticky," glitas "mucus;" Old English cliða "plaster"), from root *glei- "to stick together" (see clay). In reference to glue from boiled animal hoofs and hides, c.1400. Glue-sniffing attested from 1963.
late 14c., from Old French gluer, from glu (see glue (n.)). Related: Glued; gluing.