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bridgehead

[brij-hed] /ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a position held or to be gained on the enemy side of a river, defile, or other obstacle, to cover the crossing of friendly troops.
2.
any position gained that can be used as a foothold for further advancement; beachhead.
3.
a defensive work covering or protecting the end of a bridge toward the enemy.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; bridge1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for bridgehead

bridgehead

/ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd/
noun (military)
1.
an area of ground secured or to be taken on the enemy's side of an obstacle, esp a defended river
2.
a fortified or defensive position at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
3.
an advantageous position gained for future expansion
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