bridge·​head | \ ˈbrij-ˌhed How to pronounce bridgehead (audio) \

Definition of bridgehead

1a : a fortification protecting the end of a bridge nearest an enemy
b : an area around the end of a bridge
2 : an advanced position seized in hostile territory

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established a bridgehead on the beach before beginning the land invasion
Recent Examples on the Web In the real world, that same scattershot purchasing model is one that Tencent has used to build, stealthily, a bridgehead in the global gaming industry. The Economist, "Schumpeter Tencent has used stealth to become a gaming superpower," 13 June 2020 First, church buildings are not an escape from the world, but a bridgehead into the world. N.t. Wright, Time, "Should Churches Reopen? The Answer Lies in Thinking of This As a Time of Exile," 21 May 2020 Volkswagen AG offered to buy the rest of Navistar International Corp. in a $2.9 billion bid to secure a bridgehead in the U.S. heavy-truck market and step up its challenge to Daimler AG and Volvo AB. Christoph Rauwald, Fortune, "VW offers $2.9 billion to buy the rest of Navistar in U.S. truck market push," 31 Jan. 2020 Although heavy losses were claimed to have been inflicted on the landing forces, the communique admitted that the Allies had strengthened their bridgehead. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "YANKS TAKE TOWN NEAR CHERBOURG," 9 June 2019 Mere Eglise, west coast of Cherbourg Peninsula, had fought their way through and linked up with Allied bridgehead on the east coast of the peninsula. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "YANKS TAKE TOWN NEAR CHERBOURG," 9 June 2019 After months of planning, deception and preparation, D-Day symbolized the moment when the Western Allies began to establish the bridgehead from which to begin their advance on Germany, even as the Soviet Red Army moved in from the East. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 Calling his men to join him, Allworth swam the canal under enemy fire and rallied his troops, who then pushed back the opposing force, took 100 prisoners and secured the bridgehead for the Allied advance. Gazette-times,, "Final marker installed on Oregon's Medal of Honor Highway," 3 May 2018 The Burnaston plant was established in 1989 as Toyota’s first major bridgehead in Europe and was also a pioneer of hybrid-vehicle manufacturing. Christopher Jasper,, "Toyota to Keep Auris in U.K. in Show of Post-Brexit Confidence," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bridgehead

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bridgehead was in 1801

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“Bridgehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bridgehead

: an area near the end of a bridge that is controlled by an army also : any area that an army takes from an enemy and from which it can move forward to make an attack

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