- the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
- a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold: The company has won a beachhead in the personal computer market.
Origin of beachhead
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Examples from the Web for beachhead
Nor are attempts at establishing a Randian beachhead in the curriculum entirely new.Make Them Read Rand! A Scheme in Idaho to Put Objectivism in Schools
February 8, 2013
Now, having secured the beachhead, he has to hold it and even advance.Michael Tomasky: Obama’s High-Stakes Gamble on Gay Marriage
May 10, 2012
Rather, he argued, “this is a case where it ought to be easy to establish a beachhead [and] say that coercion matters.”Supreme Court Finishes Hearing Health-Care Law Arguments
March 28, 2012
Newt was there at the beachhead at the beginning of all of this [in the 1980] Reagan Revolution.Florida Gets Ugly
January 30, 2012
Limp and trembling, she clung to my neck as we sprinted past the beachhead fray.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
And when they were over, the new masters had established their first beachhead in the new System.
As long as the beachhead of the underground invasion remained small, its blocking would not impair the functions of The Brain.The Brain
"But, it was only a beachhead, and had been only intended as such—" The pictures broke off; the unspoken words resumed.
It is only a small town, that Beachhead; but still, being a sea-coast town, there is a good deal of stir about it.
Dont you think it is a great deal pleasanter than it would be if Beachhead was away off in the country, out of sight of the water?
- an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
- the object of an amphibious operation
C20: modelled on bridgehead
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Word Origin and History for beachhead
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