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mainstay

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
/ˈmeɪnsteɪ/
the most important part of something, providing support for everything else: the mainstay of sth Antibiotic therapy is the mainstay of treatment for many infections. Cattle farming is the mainstay of the country's economy.
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