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Definitions of foothold:
  • noun:   a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
  • noun:   an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
    Example: "They are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"
  • noun:   an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
    Example: "The only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"

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