Definition of fingerhold in English:

Share this entry

fingerhold

Pronunciation: /ˈfɪŋɡəhəʊld/

noun

1A small indentation or projection where a person can lodge a finger to support themselves.
Example sentences
  • A thought-provoking reach from a sharp fingerhold on the roof's lip gains a strenuous and exposed upper wall.
  • Progress was painfully slow: they had to test every fingerhold before they dared trust it with their weight.
  • She could not believe that the goats could climb so steep an incline so nimbly, when she was barely able to find a fingerhold in the rock.
1.1A tenuous grasp on something: the script gives her no more than a fingerhold on the story the final fingerhold on fame
More example sentences
  • Her sole fingerhold on the network, her Sunday show, is going to be taken over by Letitia.
  • The hope is that the numbers can be crunched in some direction which will offer enough of a fingerhold to justify a decision.
  • The extent to which beliefs can be modified by doubt gives me a bit of a fingerhold onto how beliefs can be chosen by dint of one's will.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: fin¦ger|hold

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.