beach·​head | \ ˈbēch-ˌhed How to pronounce beachhead (audio) \

Definition of beachhead

1 : an area on a hostile shore occupied to secure further landing of troops and supplies
2 : foothold

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One console to rule them all Amazon Outpost may be a beachhead for AWS taking on an even greater role in managing the entirety of Amazon customers' infrastructure. Jason Levitt And Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Amazon Web Services aims to colonize your network with Outpost," 12 Dec. 2018 That is in contrast to rival Facebook Inc., which also covets the China market but has had less success establishing a beachhead. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Google Woos Partners for Potential China Expansion," 12 Aug. 2018 The Canadian strategy is to establish a beachhead in the medical-marijuana market in other countries, which can be exploited if recreational pot becomes legal. The Economist, "Canada’s cannabis firms plot world domination," 5 July 2018 Still, the Americans would win the beachhead by the end of the day. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Pacific War in Color: The Enemy Underground’ Review: War, Vividly Rendered," 12 July 2018 The Mozambican insurgency by a shadowy band of young Muslims has intensified worries that Islamic extremism has found a beachhead in southern Africa, which has been free of the kind of attacks seen in other parts of the continent. Washington Post, "Extremist attacks rise in energy-rich province in Mozambique," 11 June 2018 Its establishment of a U.S. beer beachhead to tap into the momentum of craft beer differs in strategy from that of mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Guinness looks to tap into craft beer creativity with new US brewery, opening Aug. 3," 29 June 2018 Besides what’s presented at the Ace Hotel, an enormous amount of work rolls through the Music Center every year, and the addition of CalArts’ REDCAT 15 years ago in the Disney Hall complex opened a beachhead for experimentation. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Magazine, "These Venues and Programmers Have Turned L.A. Into a World-Class Performing Arts Town," 13 June 2018 After noon chow topside again. Pulled within 3000 yards of beachhead. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of beachhead

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beachhead was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of beachhead

: a beach on an enemy's shore that an invading army takes and controls in order to prepare for the arrival of more soldiers and supplies

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