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 Hunter introduced the then-vice president to Jonathan Li, the point man on the China side of what would become Bohai Harvest RST. The Editors, National Review, 18 July 2022 Weisengoff served as point man for the Mandel forces in restoring favorable amendments to a 1972 racetrack bill that illegally enriched Mandel’s close friends, according to news accounts of his role. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2022 Among the board members removed were Kashyap Patel, Trump's former point man in the White House; Scott Glabe, a former assistant to Trump who was counsel for the media company; and Donald Trump, Jr. Chris Anderson, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Tyler Gibbons, the club’s vice president of marketing and game production, was the point man and worked with Art Director David Dryden to get the ball rolling. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2022 The election of Biden, who was Obama's point man for Latin America and had decades of hands-on experience in the region from his time on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, set expectations for a relaunch. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2022 As the White House’s point man in the investigation, Dean received regular updates early on from Henry E. Petersen, who was leading the investigation for the Justice Department, and acting FBI director and Nixon loyalist L. Patrick Gray III. Washington Post, 13 June 2022 The launch also followed a visit to Seoul by the U.S. point man on North Korean affairs, U.S. Special Representative Sung Kim, who departed on Saturday. Fox News, 5 June 2022 Nick Krall, bless him, should not be the point man for this discussion. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of point man

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2022

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“Point man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20man. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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