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point man

noun
1.
the lead soldier of an infantry patrol on combat operations.
2.
a person who serves in the forefront, as of an economic or political issue.
Origin of point man
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
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  • After that point man changed but little in physical characteristics, except in size and complexity of brain.

  • We made our way back to the main road and there I saw an Imperial Officer who was acting as a point man and directing traffic.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • A halt was made at the lead of the herd, and some directions given the point man.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • Other species of Ants have pushed the exploitation of slaves to a point man has never reached.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • "I'm going to be a point man," Dell confided to Forrest, on one of their trips up to the homestead.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for point man

point man

noun (mainly US)
1.
(military) a soldier who walks at the front of an infantry patrol in combat
2.
the leader or spokesperson of a campaign or organization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for point man
n.

"one who leads a military patrol in formation in a jungle, etc.," 1944, from point (n.) in military sense of "small leading party of an advance guard" (1580s) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for point man

point man

noun

A person who plays a crucial, often hazardous role in the forefront of an enterprise; a person designated to take the lead in a project or task: point man on the new project

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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