city father


Definition of city father

: a member (such as an alderman or councilman) of the governing body of a city

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The building, which occupies a prominent corner on LeJeune Road opposite City Hall, is the last surviving commercial structure from the original business district created by revered city father George Merrick. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 In all, around $500,000 was raised for needy islanders and Coppini was summoned to Galveston to show his artwork to the city fathers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The story behind a lost statue honoring victims of Galveston's deadly 1900 hurricane," 25 Apr. 2018 In fact, when the Richmond and Sunset districts were being developed from a waste of sand dunes, the city fathers wanted to name the avenues that ran west to the ocean after Spanish saints. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF custom of naming streets, landmarks has always been complicated," 20 Apr. 2018 The city fathers, however, soon threw caution to the wind. The Economist, "The bribe factoryLessons from China’s rust belt," 22 Feb. 2018 In the early stages, the city fathers were skeptical of 9-1-1 calls being answered at the police station. Paul Gattis,, "Piece of Alabama history to be displayed at Smithsonian museum," 16 Feb. 2018 While Europe was Balkanizing, the city fathers were amalgamating what become the five boroughs into Greater New York. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Man of ‘Gotham’ Returns," 29 Sep. 2017 Lambert came out of retirement in the Great Depression at the request of the Boston city fathers to save the Gillette Safety Razor Company from bankruptcy. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 20 Oct. 2017

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of city father

somewhat old-fashioned : someone who works for a city government

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an act or instance of returning to life

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