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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The Revolution have had success with this with Carles Gil as the point man in the middle and Teal Bunbury and Gustavo Bou making opposing runs on either side of the ball. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution’s keys to victory over the Fire," 23 Aug. 2019 MacRitchie was ScottishPower’s point man in its efforts to buy Pacificorp and served as an executive vice president there. oregonlive.com, "Prosecutors’ wide net: Prominent Portland executives sucked into Aequitas criminal case," 23 Aug. 2019 For example, the deputy defense secretary sometimes used his chief of staff, Tony DeMartino, as a point man to the key committee on JEDI. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019 Talks led by Zalmay Khalilzad, Mr Trump’s point man on Afghanistan, have been moving slowly. The Economist, "America swaps its stick for a carrot in its dealings with Pakistan," 25 July 2019 Hundred-point man Marchand, as always, is on his left. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Projecting the 2019-20 Bruins depth chart: mid-July edition," 18 July 2019 My sources confirm that the Perkins partner who bent Mr. Baker’s ear and handed over documents was Michael Sussmann, point man for the firm’s DNC and Clinton campaign accounts. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Who Is Michael Sussmann?," 11 Oct. 2018 Welcome to life as the point man in decision-making, Farhan Zaidi. The Si Staff, SI.com, "MLB Trade Deadline: Who's Facing the Most Pressure?," 17 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of point man

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of point man was in 1944

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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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