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point man

the lead soldier of an infantry patrol on combat operations.
a person who serves in the forefront, as of an economic or political issue.
Origin of point man
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A halt was made at the lead of the herd, and some directions given the point man.

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    Andy Adams
  • We made our way back to the main road and there I saw an Imperial Officer who was acting as a point man and directing traffic.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • "I'm going to be a point man," Dell confided to Forrest, on one of their trips up to the homestead.

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    Andy Adams
  • Other species of Ants have pushed the exploitation of slaves to a point man has never reached.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • After that point man changed but little in physical characteristics, except in size and complexity of brain.

British Dictionary definitions for point man

point man

noun (mainly US)
(military) a soldier who walks at the front of an infantry patrol in combat
the leader or spokesperson of a campaign or organization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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" (1580s) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for point man

point man


A person who plays a crucial, often hazardous role in the forefront of an enterprise; a person designated to take the lead in a project or task: point man on the new project

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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