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Noun: bridgehead  'brij,hed
  1. An area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
    "an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines";
    - foothold
     
  2. A defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy

Derived forms: bridgeheads

Type of: combat area, combat zone, post, station

Encyclopedia: Bridgehead, California