foothold foothold  /ˈfʊt ˌhoʊld/


  1. (n) an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
  2. (n) a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
  3. (n) an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments



  1. He helps the desperately poor gain a foothold in the future -- via the Internet.
  2. PTI spends a day in one of Rome's famous and fabulous coffee bars, and discovers why Starbucks struggle to gain a foothold in the land of the barista.
  3. This gave them a foothold, and from there, the strongest members of the group boosted the others to the top.


  1. Millennials Demand Better Fees and Convenience from Financial Services Providers

    Millennials struggling to get a foothold in a challenging economic environment are looking to a range of financial services providers for lower, more transparent fees and convenien
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. DealBook: Indian Tire Maker to Buy Cooper Tire for $2.5 Billion

    The all-cash acquisition of Cooper Tire and Rubber would give Apollo Tyres of India a major foothold in the United States.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Shamanic healing has a foothold in Lawrence

    Shamanic healing has a foothold in Lawrence, and followers of the practice say it seems to be growing here as it grows in Western culture as a whole. Shamanism is not widely accepted as effective, but those who practice it say it's filled voids in their lives they previously couldn’t quite put their fingers on. By Sara Shepherd
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Lawrence Journal-World

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