Definition of foot soldier in English:

foot soldier

noun

  • 1A soldier who fights on foot; an infantryman.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the application was for, say, a foot soldier in the army, a full health assessment was crucial.’
    • ‘Swords were commonly used by foot soldiers.’
    • ‘Your foot soldiers, the guys in the foxholes and the trenches, they're getting it done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A foot soldier in the army would surely have died halfway through the fight, if not sooner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the problem is, in a war like this, a foot soldier's war, it's a weapon of choice by the bad guys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually, when my brother was old enough, he became a foot soldier in the army.’
    • ‘Essentially, you become both the foot soldier as well as the commander.’
    • ‘It does not matter if you're a foot soldier or a commander - the rule applies to all.’
    • ‘Telling the truth often requires as much courage as that of the foot soldier, the police officer, the firefighter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following the catastrophe, the tired foot soldier, virtually alone among his peers, sought to defend the court-martialed generals of the ill-fated campaign.’
    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’
      • ‘These were the foot soldiers of freedom.’
      • ‘And he was a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution, which was aimed at combating that.’
      • ‘It is time that society begins to cast shame upon the foot soldiers of the drug war.’
      • ‘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 the foot soldiers of computer security work differently: They scramble to build virtual walls that can blunt the impact of attacks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Become a foot soldier: enlist now in the fight against breast cancer.’
      • ‘A foot soldier in the ideological wars relates what went wrong with neoconservatism.’
      • ‘First, he remains a loyal foot soldier for the administration by acknowledging that the president sets policy.’
      • ‘Still, gun-control foot soldiers in organized medicine churn out articles for relatively obscure scientific journals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But you don't have to look too hard to find that some of God's foot soldiers see their role a little differently.’
      • ‘They are the foot soldiers of pharmaceutical companies.’
      • ‘One is a recently published book about a figure that Srinivasan describes as a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement.’
      • ‘The mechanical properties of the neutrophil are closely related to its function as the primary foot soldier of the immune system.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

foot soldier

/ˈfʊt ˈˌsoʊldʒər//ˈfo͝ot ˈˌsōljər/