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

Examples of beachhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Michelle a significant beachhead on the Oregon wine front. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 But the excise tax’s creation establishes a beachhead. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2022 Out of the hundreds of thousands of video game artists, what makes small to medium game studios an attractive beachhead market? Frederick Daso, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 But Boston is the company’s beachhead for growing its global cancer business. Globe Staff,, 18 July 2022 Among its insights: • Even at the lowest concentration measurable in a lab, SARS-CoV-2 virus established a beachhead in the throats of just over half of the young, healthy subjects within two days. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Luhansk’s Ukrainian governor, Serhiy Haidai, said in a Tuesday morning TV appearance that Ukrainian troops have counterattacked and eliminated the Russian beachhead. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 10 May 2022 When completed, the mammoth installation will transform the quaint fishing harbor and resort town, with its key resting spot for migrating bird species, into a bustling beachhead. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2022 With a firm beachhead in California, Gopuff has expanded to 42 states, the United Kingdom and France, and has more than 13,000 employees, in addition to gig drivers. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beachhead

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Beachhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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