One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The soldier at the head of a patrol.
- ‘I could take a contract that does not require me to be at the sharp end as point man in an infantry section.’
- ‘Often the casualty is the point man, closest to the enemy.’
- ‘Neither field marshal nor platoon leader should be point man.’
- ‘C Rich Braham is the point man in the struggles of the interior offensive line.’
- ‘After a while, the point man found signs that enemy soldiers were in the area.’
- ‘Perez, the point man for the lead squad, and therefore the most exposed member of the platoon, came under the majority of these fires.’
- 1.1North American (especially in a political context) a person at the forefront of an activity or endeavor.
- ‘As the point man for modernism, Manet suffers the most.’
- ‘Now it appears the party chairman is the only well placed point man willing to speak.’
- ‘Among other things, this means he's the point man for congressional investigations of governmental misdeeds.’
- ‘Now he's the point man for an audacious expansion plan.’
- ‘He often was the administration's point man when students occupied Old Main offices to protest policies related to the Vietnam War.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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'll be the point man for the magazine, representing us at trade shows.’
- ‘He's the point man on the president's team on the economy.’
- ‘This is, of course, exactly his role in the politician's overall team - to act as a point man for the heat.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In addition to being the department's point man for judicial selection, he will have major responsibility for developing its priorities.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He has really been the point man for the Bush administration.’
- ‘So for lack of a better word, I became the point man, so people could come to me and we could get them organised.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 Christian right's point man on Capitol Hill, Perkins now has patrons including the majority leaders of both chambers of Congress.’
- ‘At home, Mbeki is usually hailed as a point man for peace in Africa.’
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