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1. The chair and spokesperson for a jury: "A jury gives no reasons for its decision; it reaches a collective result, announced by the foreperson" (Hiller B. Zobel).
2. The leader of a work crew, as in a factory.
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(ˈfɔrˌpɜr sən, ˈfoʊr-)

a foreman or forewoman.
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Noun1.foreperson - the presiding member of the jury and the one who speaks on their behalf
foreman - a man who is foreperson of a jury
forelady, forewoman - a woman who is foreperson of a jury
juror, juryman, jurywoman - someone who serves (or waits to be called to serve) on a jury
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Someone who directs and supervises workers:
Informal: straw boss.
Slang: chief.
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