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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 of spearhead
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at spear1, head
Synonyms
3. lead, start, initiate, pioneer.
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  • At length the spearhead was ready for the finishing touches.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And every movement of the bison had driven the spearhead deeper.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • While Chipper worked at a spearhead, the other men were moving about.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Fig. 201 represents a spearhead of iron from Brandenburg, North Germany.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson
  • Here the soil was firm, and the spearhead had to be forced home.

    Captured at Tripoli Percy F. Westerman
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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