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3 definitions found
 for foothold
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foothold \Foot"hold`\, n.
     A holding with the feet; firm standing; that on which one may
     tread or rest securely; footing. --L'Estrange.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  foothold
      n 1: 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" [syn:
           bridgehead, foothold]
      2: a place providing support for the foot in standing or
         climbing [syn: foothold, footing]
      3: 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" [syn: beachhead,
         foothold]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "foothold":
     advantage, bear hug, bite, clamp, clasp, clench, clinch, cling,
     clinging, clutch, death grip, embrace, firm hold, footing,
     footplate, footrail, footrest, grapple, grasp, grip, gripe, hold,
     hug, iron grip, locus standi, nip, perch, purchase, seizure,
     stance, stand, standing, standing place, tight grip, toehold,
     traction
  
  

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