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point man

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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.
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Origin of point man

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Related Words

explorer, guide, leader, player, point, scout, pathfinder, playmaker, trailblazer

British Dictionary definitions for point man

point man

noun mainly US
  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 Origin and History for point man

n.

"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.).

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