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From pivot +‎ man.


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pivotman (plural pivotmen)

  1. (military) A pivot; the soldier around whom a body of troops wheels.
  2. (sports) A player in a central position.
    • 2008 March 9, Oscar Robertson, “When the Big O First Played the Garden: 56 in ’58”, in New York Times[1]:
      An injury had sidelined our 6-10 senior pivotman, Connie Dierking, so we were still adjusting at both ends of the court.
  3. (figuratively) A central or key person; someone around whom a particular project etc. rotates.
    • 2017, David Friend, The Naughty Nineties, Twelve Books:
      George Stephanopoulos was the campaign's floppy-banged pivot man for communications.