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

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Recent Examples on the Web Reddit's gambit may prove useful in the long run, providing the site with a beachhead from which to launch a broader and more versatile cryptocurrency in the future—when, and if, regulators' attitudes change. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Reddit offers cryptocurrency: Is this a game changer?," 15 May 2020 Rosneft’s investments in Venezuela had become deeply entangled with Russia’s goal of regaining a geopolitical beachhead in South America, restoring influence that Moscow had lost in the region after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Russian State Oil Company Rosneft, in Sudden Move, Sells Assets in Venezuela," 28 Mar. 2020 The virus was first officially detected on our shores on Jan. 19 but had probably established a beachhead weeks earlier. Fernando “fritz” Riveron, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: The pandemic is costing Wisconsin billions of dollars. Let's open up thoughtfully - and fight this scourge.," 7 May 2020 Whether in Alaska or on the Salerno beachhead, their dependence upon a Higher Power worked. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Face-to-face meetings are off for now, but the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous continues on Zoom and other platforms," 3 Apr. 2020 The Battery was one of the largest German defensive positions in the landing area used by U.S. Forces on D-Day, according to its website, and was used to target the Omaha and Utah beachheads. Fox News, "Secret Nazi World War II bunkers discovered near D-Day beaches," 5 Feb. 2020 The D-Day Museum in Arromanche stands next to the site of one of the floating Mulberry harbors that were key to the Allied breakout from the beachheads. National Geographic, "In honor of D-Day, here’s how to visit the Normandy coast," 5 June 2019 GeekWire reports that Blue Origin is rapidly expanding on several fronts, ranging from its headquarters facility south of Seattle to a new beachhead in the Los Angeles area. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starship build sites shuffled, SLS “absolutely mandatory”," 6 Dec. 2019 The volleyball beachhead was installed at the community’s request. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "Sweet Design on the Brooklyn Waterfront," 30 June 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beachhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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