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Definition 1: an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments - [noun denoting act]

Samples where foothold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for foothold in the sense of this definition

(foothold is a kind of ...) the action of accomplishing something

Definition 2: a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for foothold in the sense of this definition

(foothold is a kind of ...) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of foothold ) a small foothold used in climbing

Definition 3: an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies - [noun denoting location]

Samples where foothold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for foothold in the sense of this definition

(foothold is a kind of ...) a military area where combat forces operate

(... is a kind of foothold ) a bridgehead seized by airborne troops

(... is a kind of foothold ) a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation

"the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"

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