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    foothold - Dictionary definition and meaning for word foothold

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