point man

point man
1. someone who is the forefront of an important enterprise

he is the president's point man on economic issues

Hypernyms: ↑leader
2. a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol
Hypernyms: ↑soldier

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I. noun or point rider
: one of the cowboys riding on each side of the front of a trail herd
II. noun
1. : a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol
2. : one who is in the forefront ; especially : a principal spokesperson or advocate

establishing himself as point man for the new Republican foreign policy — R.L.Strout

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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.
[1900-05, Amer.]

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point man noun
1. A soldier at the head of a body of troops or patrol
2. A person who takes the lead (US)
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Main Entry:point

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point man UK US noun [countable] [singular point man plural point men] american
someone who tries to prevent problems
Thesaurus: people who try to solve or end fights or argumentssynonym

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point man,
1. U.S. Military. the man on the point of a patrol.
2. Hockey. an attacking defense player whose main job is to keep the puck in the attacking zone.
3. a person designated to lead the action on a particular problem or issue: »

the administration's point man on health-care reform.

Also point person.

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n. the soldier at the head of a patrol
(esp. in a political context) a person at the forefront of an activity or endeavor

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noun, pl ⋯ men [count]
chiefly US : the main person who speaks for or supports someone or something

He's the President's point man on national defense.

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ˈpoint man [point man] noun
a soldier who goes in front of the others to look for danger: (figurative, NAmE)

the President's point man on education

(= the person who is responsible for it)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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