Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
  • n. A first achievement that opens the way for further developments; a foothold: "It is not yet clear whether the ecologists will establish a beachhead in the economists' carefully constructed intellectual empireā€ ( Peter Passell).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area of hostile territory (especially on a beach) that, when captured, serves for the continuous landing (or movement into position) of further troops and material
  • n. an initial success that ensures the possibility of further advances in a project; a foothold

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an area in hostile territory that has been occupied and is held to allow aditional troops and supplies to enter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
  • n. an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments

Etymologies

beach + head (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The secretary general noted that he is anxious to resume that role and has established what he called a beachhead with his acting special representative, who will be based in Cyprus and available to work in Baghdad.

    CNN Transcript Jan 19, 2004

  • The Newsweek story, however misleading, is serving as a kind of beachhead for similarly misguided pronouncements by people who cannot bear to admit how wrong they were to buy into the lies that delivered the United States -- and the Iraqi people -- into the morass of the past seven years.

    Eric Alterman: Think Again: Mission Accomplished? Really?

  • He has also been criticized for not mentioning that Roman Catholics were persecuted by nativists in the early 1800s who said the immigrants would establish a papal "beachhead" in America.

    Archbishop Seeks Muslim Dialogue

  • It's a puppet, a proxy, a soulless lifeless 'beachhead' 'toehold' 'nose under the tent' 'straw stuck in someone else's drink (of oil)' invention, with the soulful living Jewish religio-cultural history grafted or painted on to give the appearance of 'a country 'and' the locals. '

    Israel Stands Up to Hamas While Cynthia McKinney Almost Starts WWIII

  • ERIC TREISMAN: an Oscar Schindler for Tibetans, Dies in Santa Fe at 64 yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'ERIC TREISMAN: an Oscar Schindler for Tibetans, Dies in Santa Fe at 64'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Reminiscence on the passing of a fine Stanford Lawyer, Tibetan supporter, linguist, and friend of the internationally downtrodden, especially the Tibetans, whose "beachhead" in New Mexico he was instrumental in establishing.'

    ERIC TREISMAN: an Oscar Schindler for Tibetans, Dies in Santa Fe at 64

  • Singapore's army has established a kind of beachhead there.

    CNN Transcript Jan 7, 2005

  • When Suslov left the scene, the way was clearly opened for a renewed military presence, a "beachhead," to use a combat term.

    Brezhnev and After

  • And during this difficult time, when a plan for a community center was twisted by talk-show hosts and others hoping to cash in into some kind of beachhead for an invading army, thankfully tens of millions of Americans have stood by us, have reaffirmed the noblest traditions of this country.

    FrontPage Magazine

  • Tibet supporter, Stanford Lawyer, Eric Treisman, Dies in Santa Fe after 4 day Coma Reminiscence on the passing of a fine Stanford Lawyer, Tibetan supporter, linguist, and friend of the internationally downtrodden, especially the Tibetans, whose "beachhead" in New Mexico he was instrumental in establishing.

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  • From his "beachhead" in Baraki Barak this summer, Col. Gukeisen launched a campaign he calls "Extreme Makeover,

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

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