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 ?
He was the ruler of three villages on a narrow plain; the master of an insignificant foothold on the earth--of a conquered foothold that, shaped like a young moon, lay ignored between the hills and the sea.
They would have baffled an ordinary man; but the ape-man, accustomed to climbing, saw several places where he might gain a foothold, precarious possibly; but enough to give him reasonable assurance of escape if Numa would but betake himself to the far end of the gulch for a moment.
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.
Sometimes the banks advanced so close upon the river that they were obliged to scramble up and down their rugged promontories, or to skirt along their bases where there was scarce a foothold.
An examination of the wreckage showed that their greatest danger, now, lay in fire, for the flames were licking hungrily at the splintered wood of the wrecked cabin, and had already found a foothold upon the lower deck through a great jagged hole which the explosion had opened.
As the attackers came on they paused occasionally wherever a projection gave them sufficient foothold and launched arrows and spears at the defenders above them.
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.
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.
As he swayed back to firm foothold, he turned his own gun on her and shot.
The surf-level sucked and sank away, and across and down Hall jumped to a narrow foothold where the wash had roared yards deep the moment before.
Granted," said the young man; "but, in my opinion, it is you considerate, humane men, that are responsible for all the brutality and outrage wrought by these wretches; because, if it were not for your sanction and influence, the whole system could not keep foothold for an hour.
There was a wall of granite on each side, high and precipitous, especially on our right, and so smooth that a few evergreens could hardly find foothold enough to grow there.