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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Examples of foot soldier in a Sentence

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

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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 Among the Republican foot soldiers was a 35-year-old lawyer named Brett Kavanaugh . Matt Viser,, "For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers," 14 July 2018 Nor does grief for indigenous victims prevent him from pitying Spanish foot soldiers, their lives wasted on an infamous crime. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Ordinary Afghans, as well as foot soldiers on both sides, got a brief taste of what life without war could be — something they had not been afforded for long years. Najim Rahim, New York Times, "As Afghan Cease-Fire Ends, Temporary Friends Hug, Then Return to War," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of foot soldier

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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