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toehold

[toh-hohld] /ˈtoʊ hoʊld/
noun
1.
a small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing.
2.
any slight or initial support, influence, advantage, progress, or the like:
His knowledge of Latin gave him a toehold for learning French.
3.
a batten nailed to a sloping roof as a support for workers.
4.
Wrestling. a hold in which an opponent's foot is twisted.
Also, toe-hold.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; toe + hold1
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British Dictionary definitions for toe-hold

toehold

/ˈtəʊˌhəʊld/
noun
1.
a small foothold to facilitate climbing
2.
any means of gaining access, support, etc: the socialist party gained a toehold in the local elections
3.
a wrestling hold in which the opponent's toe is held and his leg twisted against the joints
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Slang definitions & phrases for toe-hold

toehold

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get a toehold


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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