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
His fight against the extremists, who tried to gain a foothold in his Idlib hometown of Maaret Numan has been relentless.
For many students, college is a place to find their foothold in the world.
The unrest has boosted fears that the Islamic State group's violent ideology is gaining a foothold in the country's restive southern islands, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
For the staff of about 90 foreign volunteers from a dozen or so countries, teaching at the university is a chance to gain a foothold in an atheistic country by befriending future North Korean leaders and teaching them an international mindset.
But if the MS-21 gains a foothold in the market and sells well enough to survive, then looking a decade ahead the next new jet from Russia could be more of a threat.
The unrest has boosted fears that the violent ideology of the IS is gaining a foothold in the restive southern islands, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
The unrest has boosted fears that the violent ideology of the IS is gaining a foothold in the restive southern Philippines, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
As teams scramble to get a foothold of their positions in their respective divisions, injuries have already derailed some teams potential at a postseason berth.
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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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