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foot soldier

an infantryman.
a dedicated low-level follower.
Origin of foot soldier
First recorded in 1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wobbler, a foot soldier, a term of contempt used by cavalrymen.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Many things had changed since then, but the foot soldier was still the same.

    Sir Charles Napier

    Sir William Francis Butler
  • Every foot soldier who attempted to cross the stream was drowned.

  • The special weapon of the foot soldier, or infantryman, is the bayonet.

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
  • The latter grasped his crutch, as he had formerly seized the sword he carried as a foot soldier ere he lost his leg before Padua.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for foot soldier

foot soldier

an infantryman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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foot soldier


A lower-ranking member of a corporation, regime, etc: Goth's role as an SS officer and faithful foot soldier of the Third Reich is preserved/ filtered through the hazy surmises of the Cleveland footsoldiers (1990s+)

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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