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 As vice president, Biden was the administration's point man for card check, which would have made union organizing radically easier by effectively getting rid of workplace elections. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "For many labor organizers, Obama failure to pass card check bill is a black mark for Biden," 5 Mar. 2020 Burgett was the point man in organizing Bo’s surprise return from Afghanistan that December night. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "How Notre Dame's Austin Burgett rediscovered love of basketball," 29 Mar. 2020 Tyrese Haliburton: Arguably the top pure point man in the draft, Haliburton averaged 15.2 points on 50.4% shooting and 6.5 assists as an Iowa State sophomore. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons are desperate for talent. These 2020 NBA draft top prospects might help," 28 Mar. 2020 Stadium development, personnel acquisition, media point man etc. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Strange team, strange season for John Brannen, UC Bearcats," 20 Feb. 2020 Matwick is the Rangers Executive Vice President for Business Operations, which makes him the point man for construction on Globe Life Field. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "As coronavirus delays Globe Life Field’s debut, Rangers leadership feels mixed emotions," 13 Mar. 2020 Last week, Attorney General William Barr acknowledged the Justice Department was evaluating information supplied by Giuliani, who has been Trump's point man in Ukraine. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "DOJ: Two federal prosecutors are coordinating Ukraine-related matters, including information supplied by Rudy Giuliani," 18 Feb. 2020 Over the last decade, Kariem (pronounced ka-REEM) has been the point man for UAW members working in aerospace, automotive, higher education and city and state government. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "He worked the assembly line at 20 years old. Now he’s taking the VP job with UAW Ford.," 16 Jan. 2020 But all international partners, including the World Bank, European governments and the International Monetary Fund, were worried about rampant corruption, which was why Obama assigned Biden to be the point man on the issue. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "How Ukraine found itself at the heart of an intensifying Trump scandal," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of point man

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2020

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“Point man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20man. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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