foothold


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foot·hold

 (fo͝ot′hōld′)
n.
1. A place providing support for the foot in climbing or standing.
2. A firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement.

foothold

(ˈfʊtˌhəʊld)
n
1. a ledge, hollow, or other place affording a secure grip for the foot, as during climbing
2. a secure position from which further progress may be made: a foothold for a successful career.

foot•hold

(ˈfʊtˌhoʊld)

n.
1. a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.
2. a secure position, esp. a firm basis for further progress or development.
[1615–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foothold - an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies; "an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines"; "the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"
combat area, combat zone - a military area where combat forces operate
airhead - a bridgehead seized by airborne troops
beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"
2.foothold - a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
toehold - a small foothold used in climbing
3.foothold - an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments; "the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors"; "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something

foothold

noun
1. basis, standing, base, position, foundation Companies must establish a firm foothold in Europe.
2. toehold, hold, support, footing, grip He had a solid foothold on the rockface beneath him.
Translations
مَوْطئ قَدَم
opora na nohu
fodfæste
talpalatnyi hely
fótfesta
opora na nohu
ayak basacak yer

foothold

[ˈfʊthəʊld] Nasidero m, punto m de apoyo (para el pie)
to gain a foothold (fig) → lograr establecerse

foothold

[ˈfʊthəʊld] n
[climber] → prise f (de pied)
(in country, market, sector)implantation f
to establish a foothold → prendre pied

foothold

[ˈfʊtˌhəʊld] npunto d'appoggio
to gain a foothold (fig) (idea, movement) → prendere piede; (newcomer) → farsi accettare
to gain a foothold in a market (Comm) → imporsi sul mercato

foot

(fut) plural feet (fiːt) noun
1. the part of the leg on which a person or animal stands or walks. My feet are very sore from walking so far.
2. the lower part of anything. at the foot of the hill.
3. (plural often foot ; often abbreviated to ft when written) a measure of length equal to twelve inches (30.48 cm). He is five feet/foot six inches tall; a four-foot wall.
ˈfooting noun
1. balance. It was difficult to keep his footing on the narrow path.
2. foundation. The business is now on a firm footing.
ˈfootball noun
1. a game played by kicking a large ball. The children played football; (also adjective) a football fan.
2. the ball used in this game.
ˈfoothill noun
a small hill at the foot of a mountain. the foothills of the Alps.
ˈfoothold noun
a place to put one's feet when climbing. to find footholds on the slippery rock.
ˈfootlight noun
(in a theatre) a light which shines on the actors etc from the front of the stage.
ˈfootmanplural ˈfootmen noun
a male servant wearing a uniform. The footman opened the door.
ˈfootmark noun
a footprint. He left dirty footmarks.
ˈfootnote noun
a note at the bottom of a page. The footnotes referred to other chapters of the book.
ˈfootpath noun
a path or way for walking, not for cars, bicycles etc. You can go by the footpath.
ˈfootprint noun
the mark or impression of a foot. She followed his footprints through the snow.
ˈfootsore adjective
with painful feet from too much walking. He arrived, tired and footsore.
ˈfootstep noun
the sound of a foot. She heard his footsteps on the stairs.
ˈfootwear noun
boots, shoes, slippers etc. He always buys expensive footwear.
follow in someone's footsteps
to do the same as someone has done before one. When he joined the police force he was following in his father's footsteps.
foot the bill
to be the person who pays the bill.
on foot
walking. She arrived at the house on foot.
put one's foot down
to be firm about something. I put my foot down and refused.
put one's foot in it
to say or do something stupid. I really put my foot in it when I asked about his wife – she had just run away with his friend!
References in classic literature ?
When in working with his hands at some lofty almost isolated place in the rigging, which chances to afford no foothold, the sailor at sea is hoisted up to that spot, and sustained there by the rope; under these circumstances, its fastened end on deck is always given in strict charge to some one man who has the special watch of it.
When at last we came to a badly ruptured bit of masonry, with hoof-prints evidencing a desperate struggle to regain the lost foothold, I looked quite hopefully over the dizzy precipice.
I passed on till I came to the river; it was still full, but the water had run down a little, so that my feet found foothold.
By this time, we had lost our foothold and were spinning round in the water, carried away by an irresistible whirl, for the water turned with us and dashed us against the dark mirror, which thrust us back again; and our throats, raised above the whirlpool, roared aloud.
From that height you could see across the tops of the trees down to the plain below; but what Mowgli looked at was the sides of the ravine, and he saw with a great deal of satisfaction that they ran nearly straight up and down, while the vines and creepers that hung over them would give no foothold to a tiger who wanted to get out.
The celebrated East India Company was all-powerful from 1756, when the English first gained a foothold on the spot where now stands the city of Madras, down to the time of the great Sepoy insurrection.
No man though he had twenty hands and twenty feet could get a foothold on it and climb it, for it runs sheer up, as smooth as though it had been polished.
I will not blame the course taken by the king, because, wishing to get a foothold in Italy, and having no friends there--seeing rather that every door was shut to him owing to the conduct of Charles--he was forced to accept those friendships which he could get, and he would have succeeded very quickly in his design if in other matters he had not made some mistakes.
Still, perhaps, they would have been resolute to climb as far and as high, between earth and heaven, as they could find foothold, if Hannah's strength had not begun to fail, and with that, her courage also.
The snow was from two to three feet deep, but soft and yielding, so that the horses had no foothold, but kept plunging forward, straining themselves by perpetual efforts.
He was competent to pronounce the funereal oration of a ship, this son of ancient sea-folk, whose national existence, so little stained by the excesses of manly virtues, had demanded nothing but the merest foothold from the earth.
At length for my seared and writhing body there was no longer an inch of foothold on the firm floor of the prison.