[ foot-hohld ]
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  1. a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.

  2. 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

Words Nearby foothold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foothold in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for foothold


/ (ˈfʊtˌhəʊld) /

  1. a ledge, hollow, or other place affording a secure grip for the foot, as during climbing

  2. a secure position from which further progress may be made: a foothold for a successful career

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