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leading light

[lee-ding]
noun
an important or influential person: a leading light of the community.

Origin:
1870–75

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leading light (ˈliːdɪŋ)
 
n
1.  an important or outstanding person, esp in an organization or cause
2.  nautical a less common term for range light

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