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standard-bearer

noun [C] uk   /ˈstæn.dədˌbeə.rər/ us    /-dɚdˌber.ɚ/
the person or thing that seems to lead a group of people having similar ideas or moral opinions: Mr Everhart wants Caltech to be the standard-bearer for excellence in scientific research of all kinds.
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