Meaning of “foothold” in the English Dictionary

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footholdnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfʊtˌhoʊld/

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.

(Definition of “foothold” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"foothold" in Business English

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footholdnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˈfʊthəʊld/ us

a strong first position in a market, industry, etc. from which further progress can be made:

give sth a foothold (in sth) The merger gives the company a stronger presence in Asia and a foothold in the US.
establish/gain/get a foothold (in sth) Our plan is to gain a foothold in the fastest-growing aerospace industry in the world.
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(Definition of “foothold” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)