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beachhead

 
Noun beachhead has 2 senses
  1. beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"
    --1 is a kind of
    bridgehead, foothold
  2. beachhead, foothold - an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments; "the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors"; "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"
    --2 is a kind of accomplishment, achievement
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