noun \-ˌhōld\

: a place where your foot may be placed when you are climbing a cliff, a mountain, etc.

: a position that makes it possible to begin an activity or effort

Full Definition of FOOTHOLD

:  a hold for the feet :  footing
:  a position usable as a base for further advance

Examples of FOOTHOLD

  1. The army gained a foothold on the island.
  2. The company has secured a foothold in the market.

First Known Use of FOOTHOLD

circa 1609


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