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foothold

[foo t-hohld] /ˈfʊtˌhoʊld/
noun
1.
a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.
2.
a secure position, especially a firm basis for further progress or development:
They gained a foothold in the New York market before beginning their national campaign.
Origin of foothold
1615-1625
1615-25; foot + hold1
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foothold

/ˈfʊtˌhəʊld/
noun
1.
a ledge, hollow, or other place affording a secure grip for the foot, as during climbing
2.
a secure position from which further progress may be made: a foothold for a successful career
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Word Origin and History for foothold
n.

1620s, from foot (n.) + hold (n.). Figurative use by 1650s.

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