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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Synonyms for foot soldier


dogsbody [chiefly British], drone, drudge, drudger, fag, grub, grubber, grunt, laborer, peon, plugger, slave, slavey, slogger, toiler, worker

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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

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Some of President Trump’s most loyal foot soldiers in Congress quickly rushed to Israel’s defense - including Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Spat over scrapped 'Squad' members' Israel visit is tricky politics for both sides," 17 Aug. 2019 On weekdays, foot soldiers in New York City’s business-and-finance army parade through Manhattan... Akane Otani, WSJ, "Patagonia Triggers a Market Panic Over New Rules on Its Power Vests," 8 Apr. 2019 The Iowa caucuses will not be held until February, 2020, but the current candidates and their legions of foot soldiers are already in the field. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Don’t Worry About the Democratic Presidential Polls," 29 July 2019 The community wants one of its own to receive permission to sell marijuana, a drug the young foot soldiers from the Fresno Hoover gang such as Aaron Foster fought to sell along its streets. Scott Wilson,, "In California, Fresno’s West Side lost the war on drugs, but hopes a revival will be tied to marijuana," 24 July 2019 In 2018, King helped form the Birmingham Committee for Truth and Reconciliation, one of the first groups in Birmingham to bring together civil rights foot soldiers with modern, younger activists. John Hammontree |,, "Could a new monument heal Jefferson County’s racial divide?," 22 July 2019 Long, inky shadows follow, like foot soldiers slipping through the trees. Chris Erskine,, "In the glow of a mountain campsite that’s closer than you’d believe," 13 June 2019 In ancient times, pedones were foot soldiers whose job was to build and repair roads for the main body of troops. James R. Hansen, Discover Magazine, "For Neil, Apollo Was the First Step in Humanity's Cosmic Migration," 20 May 2019 In Trump’s world and in the world of his foot soldiers, men get to affect women’s lives. Glamour, "Tucker Carlson Said Furious Women Should Watch Him. Here’s What I See.," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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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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