Definition of foothold
1 : a hold for the feet : footing
2 : a position usable as a base for further advance
Examples of foothold in a Sentence
The army gained a foothold on the island.
The company has secured a foothold in the market.
Recent Examples of foothold from the Web
Sadly, this has been allowed a foothold in the PCA.
But their foothold in the neighborhood, one of the city's most densely populated, does not mean the four-week-old battle for control of Raqqa is nearing a conclusion, U.S. officials said.
If Baker—who could find a foothold in a plate-glass cliff—couldn’t do business, then Saddam was truly intractable.
The U.S. is Thailand’s top trading partner by far, buying up some $24.4 billion in Thai exports annually and counterbalancing Chinese efforts to secure a strategic foothold in Thailand and wider Southeast Asia.
Those cleats gave him a better foothold on the chainlink fence in front of the bullpen, while metal spikes are better for the padded wall.
Like others that had struggled to develop a foothold in the industry—
Making such structures year-round in strategic locations around the county would allow social and health workers to help the majority who can return to society gain a foothold, and find permanent places for those who can’t.
But with one less roster spot spoken for, a terrific exhibition season from Bertuzzi should help secure a foothold in Detroit.
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First Known Use of foothold
FOOTHOLD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of foothold for English Language Learners
: a place where your foot may be placed when you are climbing a cliff, a mountain, etc.
: a position that makes it possible to begin an activity or effort
FOOTHOLD Defined for Kids
Definition of foothold for Students
: a place where the foot may be put (as for climbing)
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