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spearhead

[speer-hed] /ˈspɪərˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the sharp-pointed head that forms the piercing end of a spear.
2.
any person, contingent, or force that leads an attack, undertaking, etc.
verb (used with object)
3.
to act as a spearhead for:
She spearheaded the drive for new members.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see spear1, head
Synonyms
3. lead, start, initiate, pioneer.
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  • Emerging as the spearhead of global industrial progress is the fiber-optic technology called wavelength division multiplexing.
  • Better everyday policing should have accompanied the elite anti-drug spearhead.
  • The company recently hired a senior cable-television executive to spearhead the effort.
  • Our only interest should be to help supplement democracy in the area, not spearhead it.
  • German right-wingers spearhead scores of attacks against foreigners.
  • The pike shall be surmounted by a spearhead and the length of the pike shall be nine feet, not including the spearhead.
  • They also spearhead various efforts devoted to community development and improvement.
  • The leaders organized a team to spearhead the effort.
  • Today they spearhead financial and small manufacturing operations.
British Dictionary definitions for spearhead

spearhead

/ˈspɪəˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the pointed head of a spear
2.
the leading force in a military attack
3.
any person or thing that leads or initiates an attack, a campaign, etc
verb
4.
(transitive) to lead or initiate (an attack, a campaign, etc)
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Word Origin and History for spearhead
n.

c.1400, from spear (n.1) + head (n.). Figurative sense of "leading element" (of an attack, movement, etc.) is attested from 1893; the verb in this sense is recorded from 1938. Related: Spearheaded; spearheading.

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