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FOOTHOLD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does foothold mean? 

FOOTHOLD (noun)
  The noun FOOTHOLD has 3 senses:

1. an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
2. a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
3. an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments

  Familiarity information: FOOTHOLD used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FOOTHOLD (noun)


Sense 1foothold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

bridgehead; foothold

Context examples:

an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines / the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar

Hypernyms ("foothold" is a kind of...):

combat area; combat zone (a military area where combat forces operate)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "foothold"):

airhead (a bridgehead seized by airborne troops)

beachhead (a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation)


Sense 2foothold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

foothold; footing

Hypernyms ("foothold" is a kind of...):

support (any device that bears the weight of another thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "foothold"):

toehold (a small foothold used in climbing)


Sense 3foothold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

beachhead; foothold

Context examples:

the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors / they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market

Hypernyms ("foothold" is a kind of...):

accomplishment; achievement (the action of accomplishing something)


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