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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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 Language can be a loyal foot soldier for stigma, helping to reinforce stereotypes. Marisa Bate,, 30 Aug. 2021 But Conneau does not carry himself like a foot soldier in a battle for the future of the Web. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 At Sverdlovsk’s epidemiological service, the epidemiologist Viktor Romanenko was a foot soldier in the cover-up. New York Times, 20 June 2021 Gaetz, a loyal foot soldier for former President Donald Trump and a Fox News darling, is engulfed in a scandal. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 3 June 2021 Many are unaware that Nelson Mandela was not the sole foot soldier on the battlefield for equality in South Africa. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021 And with a new handheld device being developed by Special Operations Command, even the humble foot soldier could be steering by the stars. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2021 Without American military support, Afghan government troops are up against a Taliban enemy who is frequently more experienced and better equipped than the average foot soldier. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021 The Piney Point facility opened in 1966 – a single foot soldier in an army of mechanical and chemical technologies carrying the banner of the Green Revolution. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of foot soldier

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foot soldier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foot soldier

: a soldier who marches and fights on foot : infantryman
: a person who does active and difficult work for an organization or cause


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