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Noun foothold has 3 senses
  1. bridgehead, foothold - an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies; "an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines"; "the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"
    --1 is a kind of combat zone, combat area
    --1 has particulars: airhead; beachhead
  2. foothold, footing - a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
    --2 is a kind of support
    --2 has particulars: toehold
  3. 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"
    --3 is a kind of accomplishment, achievement
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