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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PILLARS

In front, the sea appears as between the pillars of a portal.

Darkness shut us in among the pillars and the black, lion-faced statues.

What shook the pillars of the Union when the Missouri question was agitated?

Nearly all wore iron fetters on their legs, and some were shackled to the pillars.

It there hollows a large grotto, leaving here and there pillars of support.

This entrance-way is all roofed over, and the pillars and the ceiling are red and painted.

Dicksie stood with her back against one of the pillars and looked at her.

Young people are the life-blood of the nation, the pillars of the state.

As he moved from between the pillars, there was loud applause.

From room to room, between the pillars, moved the nursing women.

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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