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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Synonyms for foot soldier


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 Trump’s world and in the world of his foot soldiers, men get to affect women’s lives. Glamour, "Tucker Carlson Said Furious Women Should Watch Him. Here’s What I See.," 19 Mar. 2019 More than two dozen pairs of shoes, many of them as sparkly as Dorothy’s red slippers, are lined up like foot soldiers on the floor. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "What’s Inside Johnny Weir’s Hotel Room at the Olympics," 16 Feb. 2018 The men — nobles, cavalry and foot soldiers — are dressed in knee-length tunics. Washington Post, "France’s epic Bayeux Tapestry is headed to Britain, in a loan for the ages," 18 Jan. 2018 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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