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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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  • "But, it was only a beachhead, and had been only intended as such—" The pictures broke off; the unspoken words resumed.

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  • And when they were over, the new masters had established their first beachhead in the new System.

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  • As long as the beachhead of the underground invasion remained small, its blocking would not impair the functions of The Brain.

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  • It is only a small town, that beachhead; but still, being a sea-coast town, there is a good deal of stir about it.

  • Dont you think it is a great deal pleasanter than it would be if beachhead was away off in the country, out of sight of the water?

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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