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  1. 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.
  2. any position gained that can be used as a foothold for further advancement; beachhead.
  3. 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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Examples from the Web for bridgehead

Historical Examples of bridgehead

  • In that case a clear road for retirement to a bridgehead would be open.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2

    Ian Hamilton

  • Worth had now been attacking the bridgehead for half an hour or more.

  • They are going to attempt to set up a bridgehead on British soil.

  • To avoid useless loss of men, he withdrew the garrison from the bridgehead.

    Carry On!

    Herbert Strang

  • The man with the lantern at the bridgehead at Brod did not know that he held the destiny of Europe in his hand.

    The Secret Witness

    George Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for bridgehead


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