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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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British Dictionary definitions for spearheading

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 spearheading

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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