toehold
noun Date: 1880 1. a. a hold or place of support for the toes (as in climbing) b. (1) a means of progressing (as in surmounting barriers) (2) a slight footing <
used his money to get a toehold, then a foothold, then a near stranglehold on the political economy — R. W. Armstrong
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2. an illegal wrestling hold in which the aggressor bends or twists the other wrestler's foot

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • toehold — n. footing to get a toehold * * * [ təʊhəʊld] [ footing ] to get a toehold …   Combinatory dictionary

  • toehold — toe|hold [ˈtəuhəuld US ˈtouhould] n 1.) [singular] your first involvement in a particular activity, from which you can develop and become stronger toehold in ▪ The company has gained a toehold in the competitive computer market. 2.) a place on a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • toehold — noun 1 (singular) your first involvement in a particular activity, from which you can develop and become stronger: The company has gained a toehold in the competitive computer market. 2 (C) a small hole in a rock where you can put your foot when… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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