toehold

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noun toe·hold \ˈtō-ˌhōld\

Definition of toehold

  1. 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. 2 :  an illegal wrestling hold in which the aggressor bends or twists the other wrestler's foot

Examples of toehold in a sentence

  1. American companies looking for toeholds in foreign markets.

1880

First Known Use of toehold

1880


TOEHOLD Defined for English Language Learners

toehold

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noun toe·hold \ˈtō-ˌhōld\

Definition of toehold for English Language Learners

  • : a place where your toes may be placed when you are climbing a cliff, a mountain, etc.

  • : a position that makes it possible to begin an activity or effort


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