point man

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:
1900–05, Americanism

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point man
 
n
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

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point man
"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" (1589).
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point man definition


  1. n.
    a ballplayer who habitually scores points. : Fred is supposed to be point man for our team, but tonight he is not doing so well.
  2. n.
    anyone whose job it is to score successes against the opposition. : The president expects the secretary of defense to be point man for this new legislation.
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