A pillar of society 社會棟樑

更新時間 2013年 10月 22日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間13:08
Stone pillars at St Paul's cathedral

Looking through stone pillars at London's St. Paul's Cathedral. Photo: BBC/ Laurence Coss.


Pillars, posts and columns all support buildings or bridges. A pillar is a strong pole that supports part of a building, and is made of stone, wood or concrete. A column is similar, but usually has decorative features. A post is a small pillar made of metal or wood.

柱子、桿子還有圓柱都可以用來支撐樓房和橋樑 。Pillar 是一個非常結實的柱子,用來支撐房屋的一部分,由石頭、木頭或水泥製成。Column 的作用和 pillar 相似,但含有裝飾作用。Post 就是一個小的 pillar 柱子,由金屬或木頭製成。


短語 a pillar of society 指的是那些重要的、有價值的並且參與眾多公益活動的社會成員。A pillar of... 還可以和其他社會群體和組織連用。


Jimmy is a pillar of society. He raised millions of dollars to build a new hospital in the city.

Martin's a great guy. He's the head teacher in our school, runs a local charity, and is known and respected by everyone in town. He's a pillar of the community.

Matilda is a pillar of the church: she's always giving her time to organising events and tries hard to make people feel welcome there.


短語 from pillar to post 的意思是四處奔走,東奔西跑。

My friend James grew up in a family which moved around all the time. The poor kid was sent from pillar to post and never had time to settle in one place!


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