[foo t-hohld] /ˈfʊtˌhoʊld/

a place or support for the ; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.
a secure position, especially a firm basis for further progress or development:
They gained a foothold in the New York market before beginning their national campaign.
a ledge, hollow, or other place affording a secure grip for the foot, as during climbing
a secure position from which further progress may be made: a foothold for a successful career

1620s, from foot (n.) + hold (n.). Figurative use by 1650s.


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