[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.

Origin of foothold

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

Related Words for foothold

perch, niche, footing, toehold, crevice, purchase, hold, space

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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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