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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Financial firms may view Project Libra as a new beachhead to challenge banks, while also providing an opportunity to look for new business opportunities. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Facebook Announces Project Libra, Its Wildly Ambitious Plan to Bring Cryptocurrency to the Masses," 18 June 2019 Israel will no doubt try to avoid accidents that harm Russian forces, but the Jewish state has no choice but to prevent a Revolutionary Guard beachhead on its border. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Putin’s Missiles for Syria," 24 Sep. 2018 Allied air forces flew more than 9000 sorties Wednesday, bombing, and strafing the enemy from the Normandy beachheads to 100 miles inside of France. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019 On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 troops from the United States, Great Britain and Canada landed on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. James Herrera, The Mercury News, "Monterey County woman had crucial role in 1944 D-Day invasion," 6 June 2019 Five beachheads were designated from west to east: Utah and Omaha for the Americans and Gold, Juno and Sword for the British, Canadians and others. The Washington Post,, "D-Day veteran wonders why he lived when so many others died," 3 June 2019 The Marine Corps frequently practices amphibious landings on beachheads at Camp Pendleton. Michael J. Williams, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County mayors, supervisors speak against offshore oil drilling," 17 Apr. 2019 In addition to the beach landings, another 15,000 airborne troops played a major role in flanking the Germans and helped the amphibious landing to form a beachhead on the shore. Fox News, "How D-Day technology made Operation Overlord a success," 7 June 2019 The 741st was to land at beachheads somewhat further north., "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019

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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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