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toehold

noun [C] uk   /ˈtəʊ.həʊld/ us    /ˈtoʊ.hoʊld/

toehold noun [C] (IN ROCK)

a small hole or surface on a rock that is just big enough for a climber to put the end of his or her foot in or on: I searched desperately for a toehold in the rock face.

toehold noun [C] (STRONG FIRST POSITION)

a strong first position from which further progress can be made: Insurance is a very difficult market to get a toehold in.
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