main man

noun

Definition of main man

1 : best male friend
2 : a man whose character or work is most admired
3 : most significant or important person also : chief sense 2

Examples of main man in a Sentence

He's still her main man. The team has many good players, but he is clearly the main man.

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In the absence of Eden Hazard, Lampard will want Willian to step up and be Chelsea's main man. Mason Mount (AM) - Mount is a huge favourite of Lampard's, and has paid back some of his faith with a very good start to the season. SI.com, "Chelsea: The XI That Should Start Against Norwich City," 22 Aug. 2019 That simplistic ideology was plainly ignored by Ings upon his return to Burnley last weekend, as Southampton's main man was really rather dreadful. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 2," 14 Aug. 2019 The main men behind the plate for the M’s were Mike Zunino, who posted a career worst .530 OPS (career OPS: .670) and Jesus Sucre, at .424 in 142 PAs. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Tigers catchers have a chance to be historically bad," 28 July 2019 Losing Harry Maguire was a blow, but the Northern Irishman is more than likely to take that in his stride and become the main man. SI.com, "Leicester City: The XI That Should Start Against Chelsea," 17 Aug. 2019 Pärt has been my main man for 10 years now and his whole body of work seems written in service to the world. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Playlist: Henry Jamison's favorite friendship songs," 13 June 2019 With the introduction of Liverpool's Egyptian King, Mane is no longer considered the main man, but is a threat in a new sense. SI.com, "Sadio Mane Won't Leave But Recent Transfer Rumours Only Highlight His Importance to Liverpool," 6 June 2018 The two main men behind the American branches of the church are Joel Houston and Carl Lentz. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018 Modric went on to add a brilliant second goal before Ivan Rakitic made it three, but the Croatia captain sympathised with Argentina's main man. SI.com, "Luka Modric Defends 'Exceptional' Lionel Messi After Shocking Argentina Performance in Croatia Loss," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of main man

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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main man

noun

English Language Learners Definition of main man

US, informal
: someone's best male friend
: the most important or admired man in a group

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