leading man


Definition of leading man 

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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Young was the first player in NCAA history to lead men's basketball in points and assists on the season with 27.4 points and 8.7 assists. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Hawks Select Luka Doncic, Trade Him to Mavericks Who Send Back Trae Young," 21 June 2018 Mike D’Antoni had started pushing the game toward the perimeter several years earlier as Phoenix’s head coach, but Curry gave the movement a leading man. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stephen Curry at 30: From baby-faced Warriors guard to basketball revolutionary and beyond," 8 Mar. 2018 There was no directing nom for Spielberg, and leading man Tom Hanks was left out in the cold. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of Each Best Picture Nominee," 29 Jan. 2018 Devonte’ Graham is taking well to a leading man role. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Here's One Team You Shouldn't Overlook, Especially in March," 22 Jan. 2018 All four dropped to their knees and started crawling, moving single file, each man holding on to the one in front, the lead man carrying the rope. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 Although principal photography for the film was meant to begin in July 2017, the studio's challenge to find a leading man halted production until September. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 Pratt already had dreams of being a leading man, but ran into some early roadblocks. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "How Chris Pratt Went From Homeless Stripper to King of the Summer Box Office," 22 June 2018 Salah's ready to be the leading man his country needs. SI.com, "100 Million Strong: Egyptian King Mohamed Salah Is Here to Create This Summer," 19 June 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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: an actor who plays the most important male role in a play or movie

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