from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Milit., a soldier placed in the front of and leading a file.


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  • When our file-leader reached the wigwam of the chief, he went down on hands and knees, lifted up a little curtain or blanket in front of the low door of the tent, crawled in head first, and we followed close upon his heels.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses

  • According to the new stories Latour d'Auvergne bore the title of the "First Grenadier of France," because in spite of his rank of general he always stood in the rank and file, next to the right file-leader of the Old Guard.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 12

  • Then he would actually rise from his seat on the sofa and in true military fashion take his position before me as file-leader of the Old

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 12

  • But whenever I march with the regiment, my pride is that I lose my individuality, that I am merged, that I become a part of a machine, a mere walking gentleman, a No. 1 or a No. 2, front rank or rear rank, file-leader or file-closer.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861

  • At last their file-leader stopped and beckoned his mates.

    Americans All Stories of American Life of To-Day

  • Bias Dickinson, my wise and jovial file-leader, bunks over me.

    The Romance of the Civil War

  • A jacket with hanging sleeves, slashed with velvet at the neck and wrists, showed that he was a man of some consideration, an under-officer, or file-leader of his company.

    The White Company

  • Once on board the steamer, he followed his file-leader aft and made it his first care to find a safe hiding-place for the tramp's bundle in the knotted handkerchief.

    The Price

  • Donohue's fingers aside from the key to cut in with a peremptory "G.S." order suspending, in favor of the fast mail, the rule which requires a station operator to drop his board on a following section that is less than ten minutes behind its file-leader.

    The Grafters

  • Davies's troop, braced up in saddle and fixed his eyes fiercely on his file-leader, and for fear of the stern avuncular injunction to "Kape yer eyes to the front, there!" couldn't be induced to peep at Aunt Mollie as she swung a tattered guidon that had been carried by Mac in the ranks of

    A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike


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