foot soldier

noun
1.
an infantryman.
2.
a dedicated low-level follower.

Origin:
1615–25

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foot soldier
 
n
an infantryman

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Example sentences
They learn to look down on the foot soldier and his petty economics.
She finds herself a foot soldier in a rebel movement, and an inmate in an
  insane asylum, among others.
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She was a tireless foot soldier in voter registration drives.
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