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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dogsbody [chiefly British], drone, drudge, drudger, fag, grub, grubber, grunt, laborer, peon, plugger, slave, slavey, slogger, toiler, worker

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foot soldiers in the war against drugs he's been a foot soldier for several environmental organizations over the years

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Jewish gangsters weren’t the only ones to physically confront Hitler’s American foot soldiers at the time. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 The outpouring underscored the war-weariness of the wider Afghan public and even among many of the Taliban and the government’s own foot soldiers. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Afghan President Offers Taliban Conditional Three-Month Cease-Fire," 20 Aug. 2018 Surprised that such a sensitive piece of equipment could become a foot soldier in a denial-of-service attack, Shattuck began to investigate. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders," 9 Aug. 2018 In other words, an effective party chair is a force for unity, someone who can get the party foot soldiers to march in the same direction. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Brehm would lead local GOP further to the fringe," 8 May 2018 The irony of Sessions’s departure is that Trump has removed one of his most loyal foot soldiers, which could imperil other parts of the president’s agenda. Alex Ward, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general," 7 Nov. 2018 With Jackson’s men dug in along the Briscoe Station railroad grade, the Union foot soldiers were literally fighting an uphill battle. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018 But the foot soldiers are also among the first to be targeted in crackdowns. Jasmine Garsd, USA TODAY, "Women are filling Mexico's prisons at an alarming rate," 4 Apr. 2018 The problems metastasized because the staff lacked the foot soldiers in the locker room to keep everyone on board. Albert Breer,, "Legal Sports Gambling is Coming, and the NFL Is Getting Ready to Capitalize (Of Course It Is)," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foot soldier

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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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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