Definition of fugleman
1 : a trained soldier formerly posted in front of a line of soldiers at drill to serve as a model in their exercises
2 : one at the head or forefront of a group or movement
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A fugleman (adapted from the German Flügelmann, literally "wing man" but commonly meaning "file leader") was originally a soldier posted in front of a line of soldiers to serve as a model in their drill exercises. Today, with its more figurative meaning, the word is often used pejoratively as a synonym of "mouthpiece" or "ringleader." "Fugleman" is by no means a common word, but it does appear in the occasional newspaper article.
Origin of fugleman
modification of German Flügelmann, from Flügel wing + Mann man
First Known Use: 1804
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