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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A KEY figure in most major productions to grace Aberdeen's stages in the past eight years has died suddenly.
The 28-year-old former Bolton Wanderers midfielder is under contract at St James' Park until 2013 and has been a key figure for the Geordies in the past couple of seasons.
Shane Warne is likely to be a key figure for the visitors in the first match in this season's competition.
He began laying the groundwork for a trade that would send outfielder Milton Bradley to Oakland for prospect Andre Ethier, who would become a key figure in the Dodgers' run to the National League wild card.
Kuzmin as a literary theoretician was a key figure in the reaction against Symbolism for the new generation, and ultimately influential in Russian art, despite a totalitarian state's severe attempts to subdue and utilize art for its own propaganda.
The only winner at the White House is Bolten, who also was the key figure in the appointment of Ben Bernanke to be chairman of the Federal Reserve.
He remained a key figure in this country's 20th-century dominance of physics research until 1953.
In this respect, Dream Boogie is as important an historical text as Cooke is a key figure in American music.
As such, he was a key figure fostering the emergence of much of Argentina's most interesting art of the decade.
Clark was a key figure in the rock music movement; yet much of his legacy has been obscured until MR.
And since the key figure who orchestrated this campaign has admitted to doing so on video, this is demonstrably a case of conspiracy fact--not conspiracy "theory.
He demonstrates that the king-elector, with his interest in manufacturing, discoveries, and agriculture, was a key figure in the Age of Improvement, a significant patron of both the sciences and the arts.
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.
Makhlulif has been named by US prosecutors as a key figure in bin Laden's terror network.
A good example is this new edition of Equiano, the key figure of his time, following closely on the publication of James Walvin's excellent biography.