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beachhead

[beech-hed]
noun
  1. the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
  2. 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.
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Origin of beachhead

First recorded in 1935–40; beach + head
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Historical Examples of beachhead

  • And when they were over, the new masters had established their first beachhead in the new System.

    A Gift For Terra

    Fox B. Holden

  • As long as the beachhead of the underground invasion remained small, its blocking would not impair the functions of The Brain.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • "But, it was only a beachhead, and had been only intended as such—" The pictures broke off; the unspoken words resumed.

    A Gift For Terra

    Fox B. Holden

  • I dont believe theres a school-girl in Beachhead that can broil a blue fish as you can.

  • It is only a small town, that Beachhead; but still, being a sea-coast town, there is a good deal of stir about it.


British Dictionary definitions for beachhead

beachhead

noun military
  1. an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
  2. the object of an amphibious operation
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Word Origin for beachhead

C20: modelled on bridgehead
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Word Origin and History for beachhead

n.

1940, in reference to German military tactics in World War II, from beach (n.) + head (n.), on the model of bridgehead, but the image doesn't quite work.

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