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fingerhold

Line breaks: fin¦ger|hold
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪŋɡəhəʊld
 
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Definition of fingerhold in English:

noun

1A small indentation or projection where a person can lodge a finger to support themselves.
Example sentences
  • He's one of those movie actors that can bite nails in two and climb up the side of a church with only a fingerhold.
  • 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.
  • She scrambled frantically at the rock with her left, found a fingerhold and dangled precariously over a vertical drop.
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
  • He stated that the Vote is little more than a fingerhold on democracy.
  • The earliest settlers had little time for aesthetic pursuits during their first decades of hewing out a tenuous fingerhold on the North American mainland.
  • 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.

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