Toe-holds

toehold

[toh-hohld]
noun
1.
a small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing.
2.
any slight or initial support, influence, advantage, progress, or the like: His knowledge of Latin gave him a toehold for learning French.
3.
a batten nailed to a sloping roof as a support for workers.
4.
Wrestling. a hold in which an opponent's foot is twisted.
Also, toe-hold.


Origin:
1875–80; toe + hold1

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toehold (ˈtəʊˌhəʊld)
 
n
1.  a small foothold to facilitate climbing
2.  any means of gaining access, support, etc: the socialist party gained a toehold in the local elections
3.  a wrestling hold in which the opponent's toe is held and his leg twisted against the joints

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