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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).
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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|Noun||1.||beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"|
|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"|
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