key figure

key figure

n. an important person in an event; a person central to an event. Sam is not exactly a key figure, but he can lead us to Mr. Big.
See also: figure, key
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Tubman was a key figure in the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape to freedom before the Civil War.
The man behind the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and other attacks would later become a key figure in historic Middle East peace talks and the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Immortalized by Chuck Close (a key figure in the family romance that unfolds here) twenty years ago as a youthful bucktoothed geekster wearing aviator glasses and a virtuosically painted plaid shirt, Greenwold lives in Albany, New York.
Working with RCA-NBC, he was a key figure in the development of color television production.
She is the national champion on the vault and, because of format changes put in place after the 2000 Olympics, was going to be a key figure in the U.
Marshall is also a key figure after starting every game as a sophomore last season.
Osterman and Meissner follow in the footsteps of US women's soccer Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts, Under Armour's first female athlete and key figure in the company's marketing efforts geared towards women.
LAS VEGAS - A key figure in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division scandal was ordered Thursday to undergo drug counseling in a plea deal in a felony drug case, officials said.
Corman, who died a year ago, was a key figure in passing civil rights legislation in 1964.
Forward David Bluthenthal will again be a key figure for the Trojans: USC is 12-1 this season when Bluthenthal scores in double figures.
Former Officer Rafael Perez, the key figure in the LAPD's Rampart scandal, reportedly told investigators that the shooting was unjustified and covered up.
It would definitely be a deterrent to crime in the area,'' said Harry Coleman, a local activist and key figure in cleaning up the neighborhood over the past decade.
Dr Kramer has been a key figure within the Commission from the earliest days of Community environmental law and policy.
Adam Deadmarsh, a key figure in the Avalanche's 1996 Stanley Cup championship, was sent to the Kings with Aaron Miller in the Feb.
On a sad note, this past September a key figure in Canadian film history passed away with hardly a notice except for a heartfelt piece by Geoff Pevere in the Toronto Star.