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foothold

foothold

foothold - Dictionary definition and meaning for word foothold

Definition
(noun) an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
Synonyms : bridgehead
Example Sentence
  • an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines
  • the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar

Definition
(noun) a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
Synonyms : footing

Definition
(noun) an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
Synonyms : beachhead
Example Sentence
  • the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors
  • they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market

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