1A place where a person’s foot can be lodged to support them securely, especially while climbing.
- Twice she had to stop to rest, her arms trembling with the strain, locking her feet into semi-secure footholds and leaning into the rock.
- Right foot, right hand, left foot, left hand, his hands and feet found footholds like an expert.
- Handholds became footholds, although the deeper and more sound you made them, the more exhausted you became.
1.1 [usually in singular] A secure position from which further progress may be made: the company is attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market
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- This cannibal killer has already secured a foothold in the South East - and scientists believe it could spread quickly.
- Deutsche Bank has been trying without success to get a firm foothold in the market.
- Still, Sweeney feels confident that the changes under way in Boston are gaining a firm foothold.
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