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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Examples of bridgehead in a Sentence

established a bridgehead on the beach before beginning the land invasion
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, the Russians lost nearly an entire battalion in a botched attempt to cross the Siverskyi Donets River and set up a bridgehead. Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2022 Mykhaylo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said Russian forces may be trying to secure the base as a bridgehead for an operation to remove the government. Marc Champion, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2022 On the international scene, Atresplayer Premium benefits from the pay TV bridgehead opened years ago overseas by Atresmedia International channels bouquet, reaching more than 50 million homes, mainly in Latin American and the U.S. markets. John Hopewell, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 In addition, comics are very popular in places like the US, so a new manga could act as a bridgehead. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 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, 13 June 2020 First, church buildings are not an escape from the world, but a bridgehead into the world. N.t. Wright, Time, 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, 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, 9 June 2019 See More

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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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Dictionary Entries Near bridgehead

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28 Jun 2022

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“Bridgehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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