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point man

noun

  1. the lead soldier of an infantry patrol on combat operations.
  2. a person who serves in the forefront, as of an economic or political issue.


point man

noun

  1. military a soldier who walks at the front of an infantry patrol in combat
  2. the leader or spokesperson of a campaign or organization


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Word History and Origins

Origin of point man1

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05

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Example Sentences

Walter Augustus Tyler, a 54-year-old former boxer and retired Army veteran, has been trying hard to be the point man for his 10-year-old son’s education while his wife telecommutes in their Landover home.

But the point man has told others outside the military that he was part of the mission in Abbottabad.

The point man, according to those who know him, is still serving with the SEALs.

He was the point man in the promotion when Evel Knievel swore he'd soar across Snake River Canyon in a sawed-off rocket ship.

In fact, ask any battalion leader and they will tell you that the point man is vital to a mission.

The point man is responsible for going out first, surveying the land and scoping out the potential danger.

"I'm going to be a point man," Dell confided to Forrest, on one of their trips up to the homestead.

As he watched, a huge man reached over one of the cars, picked up a Star Point man, and lifted him behind the barricade.

The gag had just come out when the Star Point man jumped into view again, waving a rag over his head and yelling.

The West Point man was pleased, he was even more impressed, because he knew football.

After that point man changed but little in physical characteristics, except in size and complexity of brain.

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