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[beech-hed] /ˈbitʃˌhɛd/
the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold:
The company has won a beachhead in the personal computer market.
Origin of beachhead
1935-40; beach + head Unabridged
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  • We took a stroll on the beach along the line of boats on the beachhead.
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  • His regiment stormed the beachhead and fought their way into the island interior under heavy enemy fire.
  • Although dispersed throughout the beachhead, this equipment was linked primarily by telephone with a radio backup.
British Dictionary definitions for beachhead


noun (military)
an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
the object of an amphibious operation
Word Origin
C20: modelled on bridgehead
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Word Origin and History for beachhead

1940, in reference to German military tactics in World War II, from beach (n.) + head (n.), on the model of bridgehead, but the image doesn't quite work.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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