Foothold - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfʊthoʊld|  American pronunciation of the word foothold
Brit.  |ˈfʊthəʊld|  British pronunciation of the word foothold

noun

- an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies(syn: bridgehead)

the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar

- a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing (syn: footing)
- an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments(syn: beachhead)

they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market

Examples

The army gained a foothold on the island.

The company has secured a foothold in the market.

The horses had no foothold, but kept plunging forward.

Extreme right-wing parties gained a foothold in the latest European elections.

the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar

they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market

The company has established a secure foothold in the market.

Word forms

noun
singular: foothold
plural: footholds
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