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"foothold" in American English

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footholdnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfʊtˌhoʊld/
  • foothold noun [C] (SAFE PLACE)

a ​place where you can ​safely put ​yourfeet, esp. when ​climbing: She ​searcheddesperately for a foothold in the ​steeprock.
  • foothold noun [C] (SITUATION)

a ​situation in which someone has ​obtained the ​power or ​influenceneeded to get what is ​wanted: In ​buyingtheirbusiness, the ​companygains a ​major foothold in a ​market it ​considerscritical to the ​future of the ​industry.
(Definition of foothold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"foothold" in British English

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footholdnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfʊt.həʊld/  us   /-hoʊld/
  • foothold noun [C] (ROCK CLIMBING)

a ​place such as a ​hole in a ​rock where you can put ​yourfootsafely when ​climbing
  • foothold noun [C] (STRONG POSITION)

a ​strong first ​position from which ​furtherprogress can be made: We are still ​trying to get/​gain a foothold in the ​Japanesemarket.
(Definition of foothold from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"foothold" in Business English

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footholdnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈfʊthəʊld/
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 ​aerospaceindustry in the ​world.
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(Definition of foothold from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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