foot soldier


Definition of foot soldier

2 : a person likened to an infantryman especially in doing active and usually unglamorous work in support of an organization or movement foot soldiers in the war against drugs

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foot soldiers in the war against drugs he's been a foot soldier for several environmental organizations over the years
Recent Examples on the Web Lev Parnas is the latest Trump foot soldier to sing for his safety when his legal troubles mounted. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 Restrictive immigration policies, for all their racist faults, reduced both the number of slave girls and potential tong foot soldiers. Gary Kamiya,, "When SF police broke the law to combat Chinatown’s violent gangs," 13 Dec. 2019 Until now, only foot soldiers of Al Qaeda have been tried at Guantánamo, and many of their convictions have been overturned. New York Times, "Trial for Men Accused of Plotting 9/11 Attacks Is Set for 2021," 30 Aug. 2019 But that night, Jackson managed to send panicked word to another Confederate general who was camped in nearby Lewisburg with some 1,175 foot soldiers. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 López Obrador’s government came under heavy domestic criticism for releasing the son after gunmen took soldiers hostage and waged open battle in the streets for hours, with cartel foot soldiers patrolling with machine guns mounted in truck beds. Amy Guthrie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexico says Trump shows ‘solidarity’ after suspect freed," 19 Oct. 2019 These are the ovine foot soldiers in one of the most ambitious renewable energy revolutions in the United States. Noelle Swan, Scientific American, "Hawaii Wants to Lead the Renewable Revolution," 21 Sep. 2019 Many of the accused come from poor neighborhoods and appear to be foot soldiers in the plot that left one of the greatest athletes the Dominican Republic has ever produced seriously injured. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "David Ortiz's friend was target of the shooting, prosecutor says. He was sitting next to him," 20 June 2019 The brutal destruction of Punjab’s economy, the crippling effects of World War I on the poor Indian foot soldiers, and the hubris of the empire are all told through the life of O’Dwyer. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The best books Quartz India read in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of foot soldier

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2020

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“Foot soldier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foot soldier

: a soldier who marches and fights on foot
: a person who does active and difficult work for an organization or cause

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