Definition of toehold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊhəʊld/


1A small place where a person’s foot can be lodged to support them, especially while climbing.
Example sentences
  • Michael stood below him, placing the young climber's feet into the toeholds afforded by the sheer rock wall.
  • Janet carefully swung one leg over the sill and rested her small foot on the narrow toehold as she shifted the rest of her through the opening.
  • Your weight shifts and, incredibly, your right foot catches a toehold.
1.1A relatively insignificant position from which further progress may be made: the initiative is helping companies to gain a toehold in the Gulf
More example sentences
  • Quite simply, local young people are being squeezed right out of the housing market, quite unable to contemplate gaining even a toehold.
  • It prefers to begin its expansion programme in new countries by gaining a toehold - or minority interest - rather than making a big initial acquisition.
  • The French reached Cayenne in 1604, and the Dutch arrived in 1616, but Britain did not gain a permanent toehold until 1796.

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