point man


Definition of point man

1 : a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol
2 : one who is in the forefront especially : a principal spokesman or advocate the point man for the President's economic policy

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Examples of point man in a Sentence

He's the President's point man on national defense. the point man for the automaker announced a recall of several models with defective parts
Recent Examples on the Web Malley, Biden’s point man, also crisscrossed the region to plead the U.S. case and convince other leaders, including Iran’s, that the Biden administration was serious about reviving the agreement. Los Angeles Times, "On Iran nuclear deal, Biden faces more distrust in Tehran and sharpened knives in Washington," 5 Apr. 2021 In fact, coach Bruce Cassidy of late has been increasingly inclined to go with five forwards on the man-advantage — tossing point man, and tradition, to the West End wind. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon make themselves at home on Bruins’ blue line," 6 Feb. 2021 Senator Chris Murphy, the point man for Senate Democrats on the gun issue. NBC News, "Meet the Press - March 28, 2021," 28 Mar. 2021 MacLaggan was the point man in the construction of the Carlsbad desalination plant, a nearly $1 billion public-private partnership that since 2015 has supplied nearly 10 percent of the potable water consumed in the county. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Water world: After nearly 40 years, Peter MacLaggan leaves a liquid legacy," 14 Mar. 2021 Another familiar wrinkle borrowed from Saturday night: Cassidy also started a power play with five forwards and no traditional point man: Marchand, Krejci, Pastrnak, Bergeron, and Nick Ritchie. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins overcome another 3-0 deficit to Capitals, but this time they win," 1 Feb. 2021 No one in Congress will investigate the circumstances of Biden's lucrative relationship with a corrupt Ukrainian energy company at a time when his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, was the Obama administration's point man on Ukraine corruption. Byron York, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden's Georgia victory," 14 Jan. 2021 The President railed against the combination package last week – even though the final plan was negotiated by the top four bicameral, bipartisan Congressional leaders and his own point man Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Fox News, "President Trump signs COVID relief, spending bill averting shutdown. So what happens now?," 28 Dec. 2020 Jeff Blashill had the two together Friday, and also utilized DeKeyser as a point man on the first power play unit. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "How heavy a load can Detroit Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser carry after missing a year?," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of point man

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Apr 2021

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“Point man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20man. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of point man

chiefly US : the main person who speaks for or supports someone or something

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