Definition of foot soldier in English:

foot soldier


  • 1A soldier who fights on foot.

    • ‘One of our loading screen quotes states that the average infantryman saw 240 days of combat a year compared to 10 days for a foot soldier in the South Pacific during World War II.’
    • ‘That's not how things looked at the time, she says forcefully, for example to a foot soldier in North America during the Seven Years War or a working-class girl living in a series of military camps in India a few years later.’
    • ‘Telling the truth often requires as much courage as that of the foot soldier, the police officer, the firefighter.’
    • ‘If the application was for, say, a foot soldier in the army, a full health assessment was crucial.’
    • ‘He joined up at the age of 17 and became a foot soldier in a war which claimed more than 750,000 British lives - most of them his fellow infantrymen.’
    • ‘Following the catastrophe, the tired foot soldier, virtually alone among his peers, sought to defend the court-martialed generals of the ill-fated campaign.’
    • ‘Essentially, you become both the foot soldier as well as the commander.’
    • ‘And the problem is, in a war like this, a foot soldier's war, it's a weapon of choice by the bad guys.’
    • ‘Eventually, when my brother was old enough, he became a foot soldier in the army.’
    • ‘Your foot soldiers, the guys in the foxholes and the trenches, they're getting it done.’
    • ‘It does not matter if you're a foot soldier or a commander - the rule applies to all.’
    • ‘Swords were commonly used by foot soldiers.’
    • ‘A chain of command linking a leader with a foot soldier is called a maximal chain in the ordered set.’
    • ‘When zipping through the military themed course you have to contend with a trigger-happy foot soldier holding a machine gun.’
    • ‘Once again, Western nations who seek a stable international order are faced with the task of putting foot soldiers into the field to preserve the interests of liberal democracy.’
    • ‘A foot soldier in the army would surely have died halfway through the fight, if not sooner.’
    • ‘From a common foot soldier he rose to become one of the most honored military men of his time, the only seventeenth-century commander to receive the coveted title of marechal-general.’
    • ‘But equally they are producing a heroic fairytale; and their protagonist is more than just a foot soldier in the army of a famous knight.’
    • ‘Reform-minded officers concede that foot soldiers, local or imported, took sides, transforming a communal melee of machetes and spears into a sustained carnage of guns and grenades.’
    • ‘The short article tried to relay this opinion: for the individual infantry foot soldier, duty in Iraq, 2004 is risky… almost as risky as duty in Vietnam, 1966.’
    private soldier, common soldier
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    1. 1.1 A person who carries out important work but does not have a role of authority in an organization or field.
      ‘programmers are the foot soldiers of the computer revolution’
      • ‘First, he remains a loyal foot soldier for the administration by acknowledging that the president sets policy.’
      • ‘It is time that society begins to cast shame upon the foot soldiers of the drug war.’
      • ‘Clothing brands popular among the minority youth who are the foot soldiers of drug dealing organizations are the sources of many of the names and images employed.’
      • ‘Still, gun-control foot soldiers in organized medicine churn out articles for relatively obscure scientific journals.’
      • ‘The mechanical properties of the neutrophil are closely related to its function as the primary foot soldier of the immune system.’
      • ‘They are the foot soldiers of pharmaceutical companies.’
      • ‘These were the foot soldiers of freedom.’
      • ‘Gada Mohammad is a resolute foot soldier in Afghanistan's battle against polio, tramping up remote mountains to search out children and give them their pink vaccine drops.’
      • ‘But you don't have to look too hard to find that some of God's foot soldiers see their role a little differently.’
      • ‘Become a foot soldier: enlist now in the fight against breast cancer.’
      • ‘What's more striking than the staggering numbers of foot soldiers tapping on doors, delivering voters to the polls and making phone call after phone call is the intensity of those involved.’
      • ‘One is a recently published book about a figure that Srinivasan describes as a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement.’
      • ‘And he was a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution, which was aimed at combating that.’
      • ‘A foot soldier in the ideological wars relates what went wrong with neoconservatism.’
      • ‘But the foot soldiers of computer security work differently: They scramble to build virtual walls that can blunt the impact of attacks.’
      • ‘And what better a way to prove your worth than to be a foot soldier in the war on the evils of the U word.’


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