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English definition of “guiding spirit”

guiding spirit

noun [C usually singular]     (also guiding light)
a person who influences a person or group and shows them how to do something successfully : She was the founder of the company and its guiding spirit .People in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors
(Definition of guiding spirit noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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