fingerhold

noun
fin·​ger·​hold | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌhōld How to pronounce fingerhold (audio) \

Definition of fingerhold

1 : a hold or place of support for the fingers
2 : a tenuous hold or support

Examples of fingerhold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The destruction had a bleak sameness to it, the warplanes and artillery having obliterated all but a few fingerholds of humanity. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fingerhold

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fingerhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingerhold. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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