bridgehead

[brij-hed]
noun
  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.

Origin of bridgehead

First recorded in 1805–15; bridge1 + head
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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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