Meaning of spearhead in English:


Pronunciation /ˈspɪəhɛd/

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  • 1The point of a spear.

    ‘Soon it was literally raining spearheads on the assassin.’
    • ‘On both ends, two spearheads locked themselves into position.’
    • ‘Now, several dozen spearheads were poked into their faces and ready to skewer the two if need be.’
    • ‘Shakily their spearheads faced the forest as gradually a low pounding noise grew.’
    • ‘There are a few spearheads of non Anglo-Saxon type that cannot be dated to the Iron Age or Roman periods.’
    • ‘We're going to penetrate the spearhead and take on the command center.’
    • ‘His body spun round in the air gracefully and he brought the spearhead round quickly.’
    • ‘It was a curious design, like a shortened, blunt spearhead hung upside down.’
    • ‘From the top, a long, razor-sharp, spearhead fired and clicked into place.’
    spear tip, spear point
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  • 2An individual or group chosen to lead an attack or movement.

    ‘she became the spearhead of a health education programme’
    • ‘They are soon to be attacked by a spearhead of warriors from enemy tribes and she is swimming for reinforcements.’
    • ‘The current spearhead of musical extremism can be found in the metal scene..’
    • ‘The spearhead of opposition was the Board of Transportation.’
    • ‘Now this generation has seen the spearhead of reforms since 1998.’
    • ‘The spearhead of the force was a mixture of exiles and drafted French prisoners.’
    • ‘The Society became the spearhead of the Counter-Reformation, though originally intended as a missionary order.’
    • ‘Our society holds up invention as the spearhead of progress.’
    leader, leaders, driving force
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[with object]
  • Lead (an attack or movement)

    ‘he's spearheading a campaign to reduce the number of accidents at work’
    • ‘Helen Clark has spearheaded the anti-smoking movement since the 1980s.’
    • ‘The World Health Organization is spearheading a movement to include GI ratings on food labels.’
    • ‘Pam Traylor of the Clay Historical Committee is spearheading the movement.’
    • ‘He was part of combat team that spearheaded the allied invasion of France.’
    • ‘Labour MP Tony Wright, is spearheading a campaign to examine the structure and constitutional role of the monarchy.’
    • ‘This move is spearheaded by Ms Wilson.’
    • ‘Dom Phillips meets the brash young star who is spearheading a whole new type of music’
    • ‘There are plenty of complaints in the UK spearheaded by the Electoral Reform Society.’
    • ‘The attorney general has spearheaded this effort.’
    • ‘The group spearheaded a massive search effort for Peggy.’
    • ‘In August, he spearheaded the Chinese national team in the Olympics.’
    • ‘It spearheaded conferences about interface design and business-design case studies.’
    • ‘The idea was formulated and spearheaded by Mr Middleton.’
    • ‘A sharp upturn in the housing market is spearheading the urban recovery.’
    • ‘In 1891, family and friends spearheaded a restoration campaign for Chasseriau's frescos.’
    • ‘His firm was part of a team that was spearheading business networking in the Southern African Development Community region.’
    • ‘She is not spearheading a literary revolution.’
    • ‘He and five others are spearheading our research.’
    • ‘He has done considerable work in spearheading the party's bid to get back into power after the next general election.’
    • ‘Mr Nzowa commended the private sector for spearheading the project.’
    lead, head, front, be the driving force behind
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