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 Bouchard, in contrast, has long been a foot soldier in the war on drugs. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "GOP Sheriff Bouchard seeks 6th term as Oakland County trends blue," 14 Oct. 2020 Pence has been a loyal foot soldier and served as a vital link to evangelical voters for Trump. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Trump’s Convention Offered Peek at 2024 Republican Primary," 29 Aug. 2020 Deadshot could be your classic sniper, while Harley is an all-around foot soldier. Washington Post, "The exciting and worrying news of ‘Gotham Knights’ and ‘Suicide Squad’," 24 Aug. 2020 His unlikely cameo features in Edward Ball’s Life of a Klansman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28), the captivating biography of a foot soldier in the White League. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 25 May 2020 Adora and Catra were both orphans raised to be foot soldiers of the Horde, a menacing military force intent on conquering the planet Etheria. Christian Holub,, "She-Ra showrunner and stars break down Adora and Catra's connection," 19 May 2020 This is why so many new efforts to scale up contact tracing have emerged, either by hiring legions of foot soldiers or through the development of smartphone apps. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 1 May 2020 So at the first sign of infection, a first line of foot soldiers — white blood cells — springs into action to fend off the invader in other ways, what's called innate immunity. NBC News, "Could old vaccines for other germs protect against COVID-19?," 13 Apr. 2020 The Sanders and Bloomberg campaigns are testing the theory that California is not a place that can be organized with foot soldiers. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "The Battle for California’s 20 Million Voters Came Early This Year," 11 Mar. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

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“Foot soldier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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