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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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Jesse Mallory and all his foot soldiers at Americans for Prosperity hit the doors, mailboxes, and airways. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Prop CC’s defeat offers ray of hope for Colorado conservatives," 8 Nov. 2019 Despite his denials, Giuliani is perceived by all in his path as little more than a foot soldier for Trump. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "Rudy Giuliani’s Year of Living Dangerously," 26 Sep. 2019 No longer capable of seizing and holding territory, the surviving foot soldiers have instead gone back to their guerrilla roots, carrying out ambushes, bombings and assassinations. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead. Where Does That Leave ISIS?," 29 Oct. 2019 Green has been a steady and sturdy foot soldier in spite of being dealt some rough rosters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Debating whether Padres manager Andy Green should be fired or kept," 20 Sep. 2019 The longtime party leader was 75 years old but described as a foot soldier and the ultimate worker bee for the local GOP, taking on jobs that others wouldn’t and always pushing volunteers to knock on doors and hit the phones. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester Republican leader John Deeb struck by car, killed while preparing for election results," 5 Nov. 2019 That memory — a foot soldier’s blending of the commonplace and the terrifying — encapsulated a turning point in the war. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 Sewell and so, so many like her—some of them leaders, some foot soldiers, some of them simply Alabamians who lived and witnessed it— witnessed the change. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Nancy Gardner Sewell has seen racial change, though Alabama ‘still has miles to go’," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of foot soldier

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Foot soldier.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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