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

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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 That man was Richard Smiley, one of the original foot soldiers of the Selma to Montgomery marches. Shauna Stuart,, "Beyond "Bloody Sunday": To preserve Selma, invest in the city's youth," 3 Mar. 2018 The odd name is a reflection of the military units on display in the London parade, from foot soldiers to cavalry and even a Royal Air Force fly-past in the skies. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour 2018," 7 June 2018 Giuliani also served as a loyal foot soldier in some of the darkest moments during Trump's presidential campaign. Gloria Borger, CNN, "Trump legal team brings fresh firepower to reset with Mueller," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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