- (military) In combat, to assume the first and most exposed position in a formation; to serve as the lead soldier/unit advancing through hostile or unsecured territory.
- By extension, to assume a key role in an operation.
- 2012, Sep. 15th, The Economist, The war in Syria: Death from the skies
to be the first, to lead in the combat
to assume a key role in an operation
- point taken, unrelated