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Definition of foothold noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a crack, hole, or branch where your foot can be safely supported when climbing She edged forward feeling for a foothold.
  2. 2[usually singular] a strong position in a business, profession, etc. from which someone can make progress and achieve success The company is eager to gain a foothold in South America. With this upcoming deal we hope to establish a permanent foothold in the U.S. market.
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