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wingman

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noun
  1. Air Force. a pilot in a plane that flies just outside and behind the right wing of the leading aircraft in a flight formation, in order to provide protective support.
  2. Slang.
    1. a man who helps, protects, or guides a friend or associate: the CEO’s troubleshooting wingman.
    2. a man who helps a friend with romantic relationships, especially one who helps the friend attract a woman: When I walked into the bar, my wingman was already there, talking to two women.
  3. Sports. winger(def 1).
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Origin of wingman

First recorded in 1940–45; wing + man1
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wingman

noun plural -men
  1. a player in the wing position in Australian Rules
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Word Origin and History for wingman

n.

pilot of the plane beside the lead aircraft in a formation, 1943 (earlier as a football position), from wing (n.) + man (n.). With figurative extensions, including the dating-sidekick one that was in use by 2006.

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