foothold [foo t-hohld] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for foothold on noun

  1. a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely.
  2. a secure position, especially a firm basis for further progress or development: They gained a foothold in the New York market before beginning their national campaign.

Origin of foothold First recorded in 1615–25; foot + hold1 Related Words for foothold perch, niche, footing, toehold, crevice, purchase, hold, space Examples from the Web for foothold Contemporary Examples of foothold

  • For decades, the Chinese government has had a foothold on the African continent.

    ‘Made in China’ Now Being Made in Africa

    Brendon Hong

    August 23, 2014

  • [Laughs] But, yes, I suppose Scientology has more of a foothold there than it does here.

    Paul Haggis on Scientology, the ‘Crash’ Oscar, and ‘Third Person’

    Kevin Fallon

    June 19, 2014

  • It would allow the old way of doing things to regain a foothold in this young century.

    President Obama’s Belgian Waffle

    Stuart Stevens

    March 27, 2014

  • And today, unlike in the 1950s, the hard-right has gained much more of a foothold in corporate America.

    Can a Senator Stop a Union? Bob Corker Is Certainly Trying

    Michael Tomasky

    February 14, 2014

  • But while the Paleo diet has rapidly gained a foothold in the public consciousness, it has also been criticized in the media.

    In Defense of the Paleo Diet

    Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.

    January 16, 2014

  • Historical Examples of foothold

  • Somewhere on the foothold of the rocks men were lurking, I made sure.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • It is so easy for him to get a foothold in a girl’s heart here.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • A new tributary for the archic man, and a foothold in the enemy’s country.



  • He kicked into it with his feet, got a foothold, and worked the hole bigger.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • He scrambled and fought desperately for foothold in the slipping earth.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930


  • British Dictionary definitions for foothold foothold noun

    1. a ledge, hollow, or other place affording a secure grip for the foot, as during climbing
    2. a secure position from which further progress may be madea foothold for a successful career

    Word Origin and History for foothold n.

    1620s, from foot (n.) + hold (n.). Figurative use by 1650s.

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