foot soldier


: 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

Example Sentences

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 Clea in particular is almost always wearing one — across sweaters, down sleeves, on her watchband — a prismatic foot soldier for her company’s schtick. Hillary Kelly, Curbed, 1 Apr. 2022 Celebrity culture also says the prophet is the prophet and it’s my job simply to obey, a simple foot soldier in the Lord’s army. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 As a middling student, Campbell expected to be drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam as a foot soldier, his sister said. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2022 In another example of that dynamic, James Gleffe, a longtime foot soldier in Madigan’s organization, was obliterated in a primary race for judge despite backing from unions, public officials and Madigan loyalists including 13th Ward Ald. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 But defense lawyer Nina Ginsberg countered that the U.S. never presented any hard evidence that the defendant was anything other than a foot soldier in ISIS battling the Syrian Army. Byjames Gordon Meek, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 Juarez is an unabashed foot soldier in a herculean effort to close the Latino COVID-19 vaccination gap in the state’s third-most populous county. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Four of the five had already been named, and prosecutors also added a fifth man accused of being a Proud Boys foot soldier, per The New York Times. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 8 Mar. 2022 Megan Valentine, a sub-3:00 marathoner, was our foot soldier, disappearing and somehow reappearing with dry socks to replace wet mittens. Michelle Hamilton, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foot soldier was in 1587

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“Foot soldier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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