Definition of point man in English:

point man

noun

  • 1The soldier at the head of a patrol; the leader of an armed force.

    • ‘Perez, the point man for the lead squad, and therefore the most exposed member of the platoon, came under the majority of these fires.’
    • ‘C Rich Braham is the point man in the struggles of the interior offensive line.’
    • ‘I could take a contract that does not require me to be at the sharp end as point man in an infantry section.’
    • ‘After a while, the point man found signs that enemy soldiers were in the area.’
    • ‘Often the casualty is the point man, closest to the enemy.’
    • ‘Neither field marshal nor platoon leader should be point man.’
    1. 1.1North American (especially in a political context) a person at the forefront of an activity or endeavour.
      ‘Olson was the defence department's point man when the government recently changed pension legislation’
      • ‘He'll be the point man for the magazine, representing us at trade shows.’
      • ‘This is, of course, exactly his role in the politician's overall team - to act as a point man for the heat.’
      • ‘He's the point man on the president's team on the economy.’
      • ‘In addition to being the department's point man for judicial selection, he will have major responsibility for developing its priorities.’
      • ‘Among other things, this means he's the point man for congressional investigations of governmental misdeeds.’
      • ‘As point man for the project, Bostock is probing everything from check-ins to departures for signs of waste - both ‘waste of thought, waste of effort,’ he said.’
      • ‘As the Christian right's point man on Capitol Hill, Perkins now has patrons including the majority leaders of both chambers of Congress.’
      • ‘He has really been the point man for the Bush administration.’
      • ‘Lord Falconer, the government's ID card point man, keeps talking about how the majority of responses have been positive (they've had over 1500 so far).’
      • ‘As the point man for modernism, Manet suffers the most.’
      • ‘At home, Mbeki is usually hailed as a point man for peace in Africa.’
      • ‘So for lack of a better word, I became the point man, so people could come to me and we could get them organised.’
      • ‘Now it appears the party chairman is the only well placed point man willing to speak.’
      • ‘Now he's the point man for an audacious expansion plan.’
      • ‘The point man for the extreme right in Congress went on to say he was God's instrument for promoting a ‘biblical world view’ in American politics.’
      • ‘He often was the administration's point man when students occupied Old Main offices to protest policies related to the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘You're trying to give advice and listen to his concerns, then turn around and be the person who's the point man on the negotiations.’
      • ‘Just a short while ago I spoke with the point man for the president's economic agenda, the U.S. treasury secretary, John Snow.’
      • ‘First they wanted the address and home telephone number of a man suspected of being the GIA's point man in Britain, almost certainly so they could bug him.’
      • ‘Lindsey has also been the administration's point man in dealing with America's leading CEOs and has been acutely conscious of the gravity of the country's high tech meltdown.’

Pronunciation

point man