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 The Chinese government also provided support to help Huawei gain a foothold overseas, offering loans to customers that made Huawei's products more appealing. Steven Levy, Wired, "Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise," 16 Nov. 2020 Also: There is marketing value in having a foothold in Central Texas. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Sources: Rangers nearing reunion with AAA Round Rock," 16 Nov. 2020 The funding mechanisms, however, have gotten a foothold among green-tech firms nationwide lately. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego green tech firm Nuvve to go public via a SPAC," 12 Nov. 2020 Reviews for the Ryders and the Pathfinder crew were weaker overall than for the original trilogy, though, and the game struggled to find quite the same foothold in fans' hearts. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "BioWare confirms Mass Effect remaster in 2021, new Mass Effect later," 7 Nov. 2020 European nations had similar motives for seeking a foothold in the New World. Andrew Lawler, National Geographic, "Newfound survivor camp may explain fate of the famed Lost Colony of Roanoke," 5 Nov. 2020 Pop & Rock Let the Glitter Bombs Stream Disco’s foothold in pop has grown considerably this year — even though the world’s dance floors have never been so quiet. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 5 Nov. 2020 Democrats have gained a foothold there thanks to the strong support of unionized casino workers and a base of ethnically diverse voters that continues to grow. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Biden defeats Trump in Nevada, Associated Press says," 7 Nov. 2020 The ongoing fight to prevent the invasive Asian giant hornet, which can devastate honeybee colonies, from gaining a foothold is far from over and residents are being asked to report any sightings. NBC News, "First 'murder hornet' nest in U.S. destroyed, Washington state officials say," 26 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Foothold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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