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"toehold" in British English

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toeholdnoun [C]

uk   /ˈtəʊ.həʊld/  us   /ˈtoʊ.hoʊld/
  • toehold noun [C] (IN ROCK)

a ​smallhole 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 ​searcheddesperately for a toehold in the ​rockface.
  • toehold noun [C] (STRONG FIRST POSITION)

a ​strong first ​position from which ​furtherprogress can be made: Insurance is a very ​difficultmarket to get a toehold in.
(Definition of toehold from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"toehold" in American English

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toeholdnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtoʊˌhoʊld/
a ​startingpoint in a ​job or other ​opportunity from which you can ​advance: The ​youngperson who gets a toehold in that ​business will do well.
(Definition of toehold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"toehold" in Business English

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toeholdnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈtəʊhəʊld/
an ​opportunity to ​start doing something ​small that may ​lead to bigger and better ​opportunities in the future: to gain/get a toehold in sth With their new ​electronicproducts they have ​gained a toehold in an ​increasinglycompetitivemarket. The ​company is fighting for a toehold in the world's largest ​soft drinks ​market.
(Definition of toehold from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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