a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.
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.

1615–25; foot + hold1 Unabridged
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foothold (ˈfʊtˌhəʊld)
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 & History

1620s, from foot + hold.
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Example sentences
We faced inward, moving slowly from one handhold and foothold to the next.
The familiar bridge, on which so many of our safe sea-days have been spent, is
  canted at an angle that makes foothold uneasy.
The fot: fet type of plural secured but a momentary foothold.
Although they can release their muscular foothold to tumble in a current-a few
  can even swim freely-they are rarely in a hurry.
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