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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Hogan Lovells landed here in 2017 by merging with Collora, a much smaller law firm, giving it a Boston beachhead., "Despite customers’ cord-cutting, RCN’s expanding," 20 Aug. 2019 On July 19, PepsiCo agreed to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group for $1.7 billion, hoping to gain a beachhead for expansion in the continent. Laura He, CNN, "PepsiCo buys stake in one of China's biggest natural food companies," 26 July 2019 Airships can fly across oceans and then deliver their cargo onto the decks of ships, onto beachheads secured by Marines, or even reload missile silos on the decks of warships near battle zones. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could Airships Really Revolutionize the U.S. Navy?," 21 May 2019 Vector feels like a beachhead for something bigger. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute," 28 Oct. 2018 Law enforcement sources told The Times that MS-13 had established a significant beachhead at Panorama. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "MS-13 gang created beachhead at Valley high school, but authorities insisted on secrecy," 27 July 2019 Back when Jeff Bezos was trying to get a scrappy startup called Amazon off the ground, the best the entrepreneur could hope for, in terms of establishing a beachhead in a consumer’s home, would be to get some space on a bookshelf. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Amazon sunk its talons into your home," 12 July 2019 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 Smorgasburg at Tingey Plaza: When Brooklyn Flea tried to establish a hipster beachhead in Washington in 2014, things didn’t quite go as planned. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of beachhead

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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