Point man

Point man
Point man Point" man`, n.; pl. {-men} (-men). 1. (Mil.) the lead soldier in a foot patrol under combat conditions. [PJC]

2. a person who takes a conspicuous public position in proposing a new idea or initiating a new policy, who may become a target of criticism for those opposed. ``The Secretary of State served as point man for the administration's new China policy.'' [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Point man — is an American English term used to refer to a soldier who is assigned to a position some distance ahead of a patrol as a lookout, or to a man who leads or inspires others in a business or political role.HistoryThe term might be related to the… …   Wikipedia

  • point man — n AmE 1.) [singular] someone with a very important job or a lot of responsibility for a particular subject in a company or organization point man on ▪ the administration s point man on health care 2.) a soldier who goes ahead of a group to see if …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • point man — one who leads a military patrol in formation in a jungle, etc., 1944, from POINT (Cf. point) (n.) in military sense of small leading party of an advance guard (1580s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • point man — point ,man noun count AMERICAN 1. ) a soldier sent ahead of others to make certain it is safe for them to continue in that direction 2. ) someone who tries to prevent problems by acting or thinking before others …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • point man — point′ man n. 1) mil the lead soldier of an infantry patrol 2) cvb a person in the forefront of an economic or political issue …   From formal English to slang

  • point man — n. 1. the soldier in the front position in a patrol 2. anyone in the forefront of an activity; esp., someone leading an attack on or a movement in support of some proposed program, as in politics …   English World dictionary

  • point man — noun 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 * * * I. noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • point man — 1. n. a ballplayer who habitually scores points. □ Fred is supposed to be point man for our team, but tonight he is not doing so well. □ Paul is our favorite point man. 2. n. anyone whose job it is to score successes against the opposition. □ The …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • point man — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms point man : singular point man plural point men American someone who tries to prevent problems …   English dictionary

  • point man — noun Date: 1944 1. a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol 2. one who is in the forefront; especially a principal spokesman or advocate < the point man for the President s economic policy > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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