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 for Pillars of the fauces
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillar \Pil"lar\, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium,
     pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]
     1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright,
        insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or
        post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a
        superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an
        ornament.
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              Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.    --Gen. xxxv.
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              The place . . . vast and proud,
              Supported by a hundred pillars stood. --Dryden.
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     2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in
        appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay;
        as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You
        are a well-deserving pillar." --Shak.
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              By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. --Milton.
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     3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried
        before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the
        church. [Obs.] --Skelton.
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     4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground,
        around which a horse turns.
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     From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from
        one place or predicament to another; backward and forward.
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     Pillar saint. See Stylite.
  
     Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces, 1.
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