from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small indentation or ledge on which the toe of a shoe can find support in climbing.
- n. A slight or initial yet significant advantage useful for future progress: Family connections gave her a toehold in politics.
- n. Sports A wrestling hold in which one competitor wrenches the other's foot.
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- n. A foothold small enough to support just the toe.
- n. Any small advantage which allows one to make significant progress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small foothold used in climbing
- n. a wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the joints
- n. a relatively insignificant position from which future progress might be made
Republicans a long-term toehold in a region that has trended away from them for the last decade.
"Our toehold, which is robust and impressive, is slipping," Romer said.
One area where exclusive distribution deals have already gained more than a toehold is the music industry.
Nick pulls himself out of it and deftly maneuvers into a toehold, which is a counter I've never seen done.
Establish that kind of toehold, you'll likely be able to say more and more as time goes on.
What kind of toehold do the Taliban have, not just in these tribal regions, but fundamentally across the country?
The notion that, if the U.S. hadn't given the Tunisian government hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid over the past two and a half decades, while helping train its military and security forces, a shadowy fringe group calling itself "al-Qaeda in the Maghreb" might have established a "toehold" in the country was daft.
We are perfectly able to imagine courses on Buddhist philosophy or rabbinic Judaism - both of which involve what we would call "theological" argument and commentary on authoritative texts - without worrying that this would represent some kind of toehold for religious indoctrination.
Once Washington gains a toehold-and considering government controls 49 cents on every health care dollar spent, by "toehold" I mean "bearhug" - it is an inescapable reality that whatever it comes up with will be expansive and expensive.
That "toehold," as Museum of the City of New York chief curator Sarah Henry calls it, became the focal point of New Netherland, a colony reaching from present-day Connecticut to Delaware.