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point man

point man

2 definitions found
 for point man
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Point man \Point" man`\, n.; pl. -men (-men).
     1. (Mil.) the lead soldier in a foot patrol under combat
        conditions.
        [PJC]
  
     2. a person who takes a conspicuous public position in
        proposing a new idea or initiating a new policy, who may
        become a target of criticism for those opposed. "The
        Secretary of State served as point man for the
        administration's new China policy."
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  point man
      n 1: someone who is the forefront of an important enterprise;
           "he is the president's point man on economic issues"
      2: a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol