[foo t-hohld]


a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.
a secure position, especially a firm basis for further progress or development: They gained a foothold in the New York market before beginning their national campaign.

Nearby words

  1. footfault,
  2. footframe,
  3. footgear,
  4. foothill,
  5. foothills,
  6. footie,
  7. footing,
  8. footing piece,
  9. footle,
  10. footless

Origin of foothold

First recorded in 1615–25; foot + hold1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foothold



a ledge, hollow, or other place affording a secure grip for the foot, as during climbing
a secure position from which further progress may be madea foothold for a successful career
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Word Origin and History for foothold



1620s, from foot (n.) + hold (n.). Figurative use by 1650s.

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