beachhead


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beach·head

 (bēch′hĕd′)
n.
1. A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
2. A first achievement that opens the way for further developments; a foothold: "It is not yet clear whether the ecologists will establish a beachhead in the economists' carefully constructed intellectual empire" (Peter Passell).

beachhead

(ˈbiːtʃˌhɛd)
n
1. (Military) an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
2. (Military) the object of an amphibious operation
[C20: modelled on bridgehead]

beach•head

(ˈbitʃˌhɛd)

n.
1. the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
2. a secure initial position that can be used for further advancement; foothold.
[1935–40]

beachhead

A designated area on a hostile or potentially hostile shore that, when seized and held, ensures the continuous landing of troops and materiel, and provides maneuver space requisite for subsequent projected operations ashore.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operationbeachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"
bridgehead, 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"
2.beachhead - 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
Translations

beachhead

[ˈbiːtʃhed] Ncabeza f de playa

beachhead

beach-head [ˈbiːtʃhɛd] ntête f de pont (sur une plage)beach umbrella nparasol m

beachhead

[ˈbiːtʃˌhɛd] ntesta di sbarco
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And if a beachhead of co-operation may push back the jungle of suspicion.
It is impossible here to give the reasons, but I am convinced that the shingle terraces were accumulated, during the gradual elevation of the Cordillera, by the torrents delivering, at successive levels, their detritus on the beachheads of long narrow arms of the sea, first high up the valleys, then lower and lower down as the land slowly rose.
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Israel is exactly that, an isolated beachhead in an enemy region, an armed perimeter with its back to the sea.
Their next move was to relieve the timid beachhead commander.
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MacArthur understood the need to extricate the 1st Marine and 7th Infantry Divisions from the fighting at the Chosin; nevertheless, he directed Almond to maintain contact with the Chinese and withdraw his forces to the Hungnam-Wonsan beachhead.
With a beachhead on the island established, Oganessian calls for forays inland.