- a small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing.
- any slight or initial support, influence, advantage, progress, or the like: His knowledge of Latin gave him a toehold for learning French.
- a batten nailed to a sloping roof as a support for workers.
- Wrestling. a hold in which an opponent's foot is twisted.
Origin of toehold
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Examples from the Web for toehold
Find a product that gives it a toehold and build from there.Can Microsoft Come Back? Dan Lyons’s Month Without Apple and Google
April 9, 2012
Lunatic right-wing “birthers” have gotten a toehold on CNN and Fox News, and even the McCain campaign investigated their claims.Catering to Obama Haters
July 25, 2009
You've got to get a toehold yourself before you can look at a girl.The Huntress
He searched the rear hull, looking for some break in the polished metal that might serve as a toehold.
If the United Nations gets a toehold out here, the whole Belt will go into their pocket, you realize that.
His foot found a toehold and he drew himself up to where another rough outcrop gave grip for his hand.
Hooking into the solid green water of that eddy, Andy found himself a toehold, and presently clambered out.Down the Columbia
Lewis R. Freeman
- a small foothold to facilitate climbing
- any means of gaining access, support, etcthe socialist party gained a toehold in the local elections
- a wrestling hold in which the opponent's toe is held and his leg twisted against the joints