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

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

The State Department’s point man for the issue is Sam Brownback, a former Republican governor of Kansas. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "Pompeo to push to defend religious minorities around the world," 29 May 2018 Among those receiving the cardinals’ biretta — a crimson-red square cap with three ridges — was his point man for helping Rome’s homeless and poor. Washington Post, "Pope to 14 new cardinals: Defend the dignity of the poor," 28 June 2018 Joining us now, President Trump's point man in the negotiations, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Fox News, "Oliver North on NRA's response to Texas school shooting; Sen. Lindsey Graham on status of Trump-Kim summit," 20 May 2018 Zhang/Getty Images As government scrutiny has intensified, Tencent Chief Executive Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, has stepped up to serve as its point man with regulators. Alyssa Abkowitz, WSJ, "For China, Tech Giant Tencent Is Both a National Champion and a Threat," 9 July 2018 President Donald Trump tapped Ross, a billionaire investor in distressed companies, to be his administration's point man on trade and manufacturing as Commerce chief. Marcy Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "Commerce Secretary Ross denies transactions involved insider trading," 20 June 2018 Marty Quinn, the point man in the speaker's 13th Ward. Kim Geiger, chicagotribune.com, "Speaker Madigan's chief of staff resigns hours after aide accused him of repeated sexually inappropriate comments," 7 June 2018 Marty Quinn, who could not be reached for comment, is Madigan’s political point man in the 13th Ward, where the speaker has ruled as Democratic committeeman for decades. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Ethics board says it lacks jurisdiction to take up sexual harassment inquiry into Madigan ally," 23 May 2018 Lundberg has been the point man deciding where U-M invests its billions for nearly 20 years. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Endowment chief is U-M's $2-million man. Auditors wanted to know more.," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of point man

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of point man

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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