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wingman

[wing-man] /ˈwɪŋˌmæn/
noun
1.
Air Force. a pilot in a plane that flies just outside and behind the right wing of the leading aircraft in a flight formation, in order to provide protective support.
2.
Slang.
  1. a man who helps, protects, or guides a friend or associate:
    the CEO’s troubleshooting wingman.
  2. a man who helps a friend with romantic relationships, especially one who helps the friend attract a woman:
    When I walked into the bar, my wingman was already there, talking to two women.
3.
Sports. winger (def 1).
Also, wing man.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; wing + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for wingman

wingman

/ˈwɪŋmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a player in the wing position in Australian Rules
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Word Origin and History for wingman
n.

pilot of the plane beside the lead aircraft in a formation, 1943 (earlier as a football position), from wing (n.) + man (n.). With figurative extensions, including the dating-sidekick one that was in use by 2006.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wingman

wingman

noun

Someone who backs up or supports a friend, esp in a social setting: I'll be your wingman tonight


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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