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toe·hold

 (tō′hōld′)
n.
1. A small indentation or ledge on which the toe of a shoe can find support in climbing.
2. A slight or initial yet significant advantage useful for future progress: Family connections gave her a toehold in politics.
3. Sports A wrestling hold in which one competitor wrenches the other's foot.
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toehold

(ˈtəʊˌhəʊld)
n
1. (Mountaineering) a small foothold to facilitate climbing
2. any means of gaining access, support, etc: the socialist party gained a toehold in the local elections.
3. (Wrestling) a wrestling hold in which the opponent's toe is held and his leg twisted against the joints
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

toe′hold`

or toe′-hold`,



n.
1. a small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing.
2. any slight advantage, support, or the like, that aids progress.
3. an illegal wrestling hold in which the foot or toes are twisted.
[1875–80]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toehold - a relatively insignificant position from which future progress might be made; "American diplomacy provided a toehold on which to proceed toward peace talks"; "his father gave him a toehold in the oil business"
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
2.toehold - a small foothold used in climbingtoehold - a small foothold used in climbing  
foothold, footing - a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
3.toehold - a wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the jointstoehold - a wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the joints
wrestling hold - a hold used in the sport of wrestling
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Translations

toehold

[ˈtəʊhəʊld] Npunto m de apoyo (para el pie) (fig) → espacio m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

toehold

[ˈtəʊhəʊld] n
to get a toehold in sth → mettre un pied dans qch
to get a toehold in a market → prendre pied sur un marché
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

toehold

[ˈtəʊˌhəʊld] npunto d'appoggio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
Labour did well to retain power in Wales, hold Sheffield Brightside and Ogmore and keep control of southern toeholds such as Crawley, Exeter and Southampton.
Summary: The quest for bigger market toeholds is now forcing insurance companies to launch customised policies.
Although Cuba, Norway and Mexico may seem like haphazard gateways to the global economy, he embraced them as toeholds in Busscar's priority markets: Latin America, North America and Europe.
Strapped to a safety rope and using finger- and toeholds called "clips," the athletes scale walls that range from 45 to 60 feet high.
Spiegel, 1990, "On Toeholds and Bidding Contests," Unpublished Paper (July).
Another possibility, says Wagner, is that the larval feeding wounds allow pathogens not normally able to penetrate healthy trees to gain toeholds from which they can go on to kill the trees.