foot soldier


: 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

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 But that doesn’t mean the Reich must always be represented by one or two conniving, mid-level psychopath characters, plus dozens of faceless foot soldiers. TIME, 8 May 2024 Recruitment of foot soldiers is focused online, where ISIS-K maintains an extensive media operation in Arabic, English, Russian and other languages. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2024 The perpetrators, a group of Irish Republican Army foot soldiers, beat a hasty retreat for a small village, Glencolmcille in County Donegal. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Until her leave of absence, Kate had been picking up the slack, both a reliable royal foot soldier and someone able to bring star power to even the most mundane ribbon-cutting event. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2024 Players aren’t a grand leader directing a nation, but one of the foot soldiers working with others to build something grand. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Once the chopper was airborne, Ms. Dugdale and IRA foot soldier Eddie Gallagher demanded that the pilot land. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 In 1948, one of their foot soldiers, Nathuram Godse, assassinated Gandhi, who had amassed a huge following as an icon of nonviolence and an advocate of India’s diversity. Hari Kumar Atul Loke, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Hundreds of foot soldiers for justice marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named after a Grand Dragon of the KKK, to claim their fundamental right to vote. USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Foot soldier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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