Meaning of “foothold” - Learner’s Dictionary

foothold

noun [ C ] uk us /ˈfʊthəʊld/
CLIMBING

a place where it is safe to put your foot when you are climbing

PROGRESS

a safe position from which you can make more progress, for example in business:

We are still trying to gain a foothold in the Japanese market.

(Definition of “foothold” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)