foot·​hold | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhōld How to pronounce foothold (audio) \

Definition of foothold

1 : a hold for the feet : footing
2 : a position usable as a base for further advance

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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 on the Web China has sought to develop commercial ports in outposts around the world in what US officials see as a clear effort to develop a foothold for military access. Katie Bo Lillis, Natasha Bertrand And Kylie Atwood, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Developing nations secured a foothold for loss and damage in the 2015 Paris Agreement, but the U.S. delegation insisted on follow-on language that barred its inclusion from serving as the basis for future lawsuits. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 That access also provides Turkey a stronger foothold in the Caucuses, bordering Iran and just a little south of Russia. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 15 Nov. 2021 The instability also helped give rise to the Islamic State, which found a foothold in Libya. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 Headsets struggled to gain a foothold given the expensive prices, strong computer requirements, and a need for external trackers. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2021 That's the reality for some folks living in northern Georgia, where a spider native to east Asia has taken a foothold and left residents bugging out, reports Sudhin Thanawala for the Associated Press (AP). Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2021 My estimate demonstrates the right approach to solidifying a foothold in what will drive strong adoption of the MI200 – that is, an embracing by the software ecosystem and developers community. Matt Kimball, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Now, the ideas have found a fresh foothold in far-right groups like QAnon, which believes a devil-worshipping cabal of pedophiles threatens the nation’s children. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of foothold

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foothold was circa 1577

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24 Nov 2021

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“Foothold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foothold

: 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


foot·​hold | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhōld How to pronounce foothold (audio) \

Kids Definition of foothold

: a place where the foot may be put (as for climbing)

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