Definition of foothold noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfʊthəʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʊthoʊld//
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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 somebody can make progress and achieve success The company is eager to gain a foothold in Europe. With this upcoming deal we hope to establish a permanent foothold in the US market.
  3. Extra examples I hope the book will provide a foothold for students of the subject. She scrabbled for a foothold on the steep grassy bank. The bench gave me the foothold I needed to climb into the tree. The company has a firm foothold in this market. The company is trying to gain a foothold in the European market.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foothold