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foot soldier

an infantryman.
a dedicated low-level follower.
Origin of foot soldier
1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Every foot-soldier belongs to a regiment, and is one of a company of that regiment.

  • The defeated Imperial army was massacred to a man, from the Emperor down to the foot-soldier.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • If you had been a foot-soldier, you would have said the infantry; of the artillery, you would have sworn by the cannon.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
  • The Turkish foot-soldier has always been famous as a fighting man.

  • Upon which, Booth, casting his eyes over the grass, saw a foot-soldier shaking the boy at a little distance.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • It is the foot-soldier who is the measure of all things out here.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • The foot-soldier in garrison bears no resemblance whatever to the hero of the battle-field.

    A Thousand Francs Reward Emile Gaboriau
  • In spite of the fatigue that results from it, the foot-soldier loves a change of garrison.

    A Thousand Francs Reward Emile Gaboriau
  • But the foot-soldier would be a body without a soul, if he had no countrywoman.

    A Thousand Francs Reward Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for foot-soldier

foot soldier

an infantryman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for foot-soldier

foot soldier


A lower-ranking member of a corporation, regime, etc: Goth's role as an SS officer and faithful foot soldier of the Third Reich is preserved/ filtered through the hazy surmises of the Cleveland footsoldiers (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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