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When LOT swapped his wife away for a pillar of salt, the trade was free.

Behind it, at the corner of a pillar, was an ever-burning altar-lamp.

In an hour we can raise a pillar of ice ten feet high, and that is quite enough.

Crowded against the pillar I could not escape and so tried to appear unconcerned.

They threatened between them to fix her there in a pillar of snow.

Then he turned the water-taps, of which there was one by every pillar.

In front of that temple there are three altars, and in front of the altars a pillar.

He sat by the pillar at which he had first placed himself, and hardly ever rose from it.

She stood for some minutes leaning against a pillar to collect her senses.

All sorts of legends are told of it, and it is said to have been a piece of Jacob's Pillar.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old French piler "pillar, column, pier" (12c., Modern French pilier) and directly from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila "pillar, stone barrier." Figurative sense of "prop or support of an institution or community" is first recorded early 14c. Phrase pillar to post is c.1600, originally of tennis, exact meaning obscure.

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