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foothold

noun [C] uk   /ˈfʊt.həʊld/ us    /-hoʊld/

foothold noun [C] (ROCK CLIMBING)

a place such as a hole in a rock where you can put your foot safely when climbing

foothold noun [C] (STRONG POSITION)

a strong first position from which further progress can be made: We are still trying to get/gain a foothold in the Japanese market.
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