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Noun: foothold  'fût,hówld
  1. An area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
    "the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar";
    - bridgehead
  2. A place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
    - footing
  3. An initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
    "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market";
    - beachhead

Derived forms: footholds

Type of: accomplishment, achievement, combat area, combat zone, support

Encyclopedia: Foothold