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foothold

noun [C]  /ˈfʊtˌhoʊld/ us  

foothold noun [C] (SAFE PLACE)

a place where you can safely put your feet, esp. when climbing: She searched desperately for a foothold in the steep rock.

foothold noun [C] (SITUATION)

a situation in which someone has obtained the power or influence needed to get what is wanted: In buying their business, the company gains a major foothold in a market it considers critical to the future of the industry.
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