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

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President Donald Trump’s point man for mediation, Jared Kushner, is in the middle of a political firestorm, his plan remains a mystery and the Palestinians aren’t even speaking to the White House. Washington Post, "New headaches for Trump’s Mideast hopes as Netanyahu visits," 3 Mar. 2018 Last night, Lam conferred with Han Zheng, Beijing’s point man for Hong Kong affairs, and cabinet officials until midnight, according to the Hong Kong Free Press newspaper. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong has pulled off an amazing win against a dire threat to its freedoms," 15 June 2019 As the head of the EPA, Pruitt was Trump’s point man for the administration’s plan to roll back environmental regulations, many of which were put in place by the Obama administration. NBC News, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals," 5 July 2018 President Donald Trump’s point man in the quest to reduce drug prices for American consumers clashed Tuesday with a disbelieving senator, who said the White House’s blueprint for battling Big Pharma is bogus. NBC News, "Senator Warren clashes with health secretary over drug-pricing plan," 12 June 2018 Richards has become the point man for a push at Lookout to apply machine learning to the phishing site hunt, and in the process he's helped assemble a service that is already protecting Lookout's customers from phishing attack content. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 For example, President Barack Obama secured the December 2010 New START ratification by promising billions of dollars to modernize the nuclear arsenal — a key demand of Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Republican point man on the treaty. Sarah Kreps, Washington Post, "No, Trump can’t count on a hawk’s advantage in making peace with North Korea," 10 May 2018 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

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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

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

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