|1.||[ noun ] (military) an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies|
"an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines" "the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"
|Related terms:||combat_zone beachhead airhead|
|2.||[ noun ] an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments|
"the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors" "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"
|3.||[ noun ] a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing|
|Related terms:||support toehold|