toehold

noun
toe·​hold | \ ˈtō-ˌhōld How to pronounce toehold (audio) \

Definition of toehold

1a : a hold or place of support for the toes (as in climbing)
b(1) : a means of progressing (as in surmounting barriers)
(2) : a slight footing used his money to get a toehold, then a foothold, then a near stranglehold on the political economy— R. W. Armstrong
2 : an illegal wrestling hold in which the aggressor bends or twists the other wrestler's foot

Examples of toehold in a Sentence

American companies looking for toeholds in foreign markets.
Recent Examples on the Web The Spurs kept him around with another 10-day contract, and another one followed with the Memphis Grizzlies, a toehold in the NBA that led Memphis to sign him to a two-year extension, then a two-year deal before the 2017-18 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 13 June 2022 That contract, worth $1.6 billion, gave SpaceX a toehold in the space industry. Marc Fisher, Christian Davenport And Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 While regulators will focus on ensuring any last vestiges of the Outfit don’t gain a toehold in a Chicago casino, that’s by no means the only threat, experts said. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 That contract, worth $1.6 billion, gave SpaceX a toehold in the space industry. Marc Fisher, Christian Davenport And Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 That contract, worth $1.6 billion, gave SpaceX a toehold in the space industry. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 But the sport is gaining a foothold, or at least a toehold, in Mexico. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Even so, being in a new musical seeking a toehold on Broadway when customers have pandemic jitters would seem the longest bet of all. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 Three 10-day contracts – one with the San Antonio Spurs and two with the Memphis Grizzlies – finally gave him a toehold in the league in 2015, three years after his final season with the Crimson Tide. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of toehold

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Jun 2022

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“Toehold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toehold. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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