Synonyms of mainstay
pillarDictionary • Fish and rice were the mainstays of their diet.
pillar • My father had been a pillar of the community.
backbone • the economic backbone of the nation
bulwark • a bulwark of democracy
prop • The army is one of the main props of the government.
anchor • He provided an emotional anchor for her.
buttress • a buttress of rock
lynchpin • He's the lynchpin of our team.
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anchorIf one thing is the anchor for something else, it makes that thing stable and secure.
• He provided an emotional anchor for her.
backboneThe backbone of an organization or system is the part of it that gives it its main strength.
• the economic backbone of the nation
• a bulwark of democracy
Thesaurus for mainstay from the Collins English Thesaurus