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Noun: toehold  'tow,hówld
  1. A relatively insignificant position from which future progress might be made
    "American diplomacy provided a toehold on which to proceed toward peace talks"; "his father gave him a toehold in the oil business"
  2. A small foothold used in climbing
  3. A wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the joints

Derived forms: toeholds

Type of: foothold, footing, position, status, wrestling hold

Encyclopedia: Toehold