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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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  • What really counts, say techno-optimists, is that technology should get a toehold.
  • The supercritical approach is getting a toehold in this industry.
  • Now novices and anyone unfamiliar with the valley can get a toehold in the ice with new guided expeditions.
  • The toehold of hip seemed doomed to remain only a toehold.
  • These are protrusions which help steady the ladder and allow room for a secure toehold.
  • Standoffs help steady the ladder and allow enough room for a secure toehold.
  • Far better to get a toehold in an industry where jobs and wages are growing.
  • They also play a major role in countering bacterial and cancer cells before they get a toehold.
  • Raccoons are unable to get a toehold and can't climb to the roof.
  • Some consider the practice of dumping to establish a toehold in a new market to be an economically rational commercial practice.
British Dictionary definitions for toehold

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 toehold

toehold

Related Terms

get a toehold


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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