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get a toehold

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get a toehold

verb phrase

To get or have a precarious grip on something; get or have an uncertain command: You've got a good toehold on the job; now let's see you take over

[1940s+; fr the sort of unsure footing one has when only the toes are planted and the precarious seizure one has made when only the toe of the quarry is in one's grip]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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