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  • n  a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
    the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead
  • n  an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
    the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors

  • Claims Hart: "It's a beachhead that has been established.
  • From the beginning there was no doubt that the Allies' beachhead thrust at Nettuno was full of hazard.
  • Then they moved to the Anzio beachhead.

  • John Kerry in AFP
    The United States is not in Afghanistan to make it our 51st state -- but to make sure it does not become an Al-Qaeda narco-state and terrorist beachhead capable of destabilizing neighboring Pakistan,Kerry wrote in The Washington Post.
  • Eric Schmidt in USA Today
    Schmidt described Google's corporate search engine as "a strategic beachhead for solving interesting problems" in corporate America.
  • Laura DiDio in Computerworld
    Apple has a beachhead in business. Where it once had just 1-to-2% market share in corporate, now they're up to 8-to-10%,DiDio added.

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