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bridgehead

[ brij-hed ]
/ ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd /
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noun

a position held or to be gained on the enemy side of a river, defile, or other obstacle, to cover the crossing of friendly troops.
any position gained that can be used as a foothold for further advancement; beachhead.
a defensive work covering or protecting the end of a bridge toward the enemy.

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Origin of bridgehead

First recorded in 1805–15; bridge1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for bridgehead

bridgehead
/ (ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd) /

noun military

an area of ground secured or to be taken on the enemy's side of an obstacle, esp a defended river
a fortified or defensive position at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
an advantageous position gained for future expansion
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