toehold


toe·hold

noun \ˈtō-ˌhōld\

: a place where your toes 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 TOEHOLD

1
a :  a hold or place of support for the toes (as in climbing)
b (1) :  a means of progressing (as in surmounting barriers)
(2) :  a slight footing <used his money to get a toehold, then a foothold, then a near stranglehold on the political economy — R. W. Armstrong>
2
:  an illegal wrestling hold in which the aggressor bends or twists the other wrestler's foot

Examples of TOEHOLD

  1. American companies looking for toeholds in foreign markets.

First Known Use of TOEHOLD

1880

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