point men

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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