One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small indentation or projection where a person can lodge a finger to support themselves.
grip, firm contact, attachment, hold, foothold, footing, toehold, anchorage, support, graspView synonyms
- ‘A thought-provoking reach from a sharp fingerhold on the roof's lip gains a strenuous and exposed upper wall.’
- ‘Progress was painfully slow: they had to test every fingerhold before they dared trust it with their weight.’
- ‘He's one of those movie actors that can bite nails in two and climb up the side of a church with only a fingerhold.’
- ‘She could not believe that the goats could climb so steep an incline so nimbly, when she was barely able to find a fingerhold in the rock.’
- ‘She scrambled frantically at the rock with her left, found a fingerhold and dangled precariously over a vertical drop.’
- 1.1 A tenuous grasp on something.‘the script gives her no more than a fingerhold on the story’‘the final fingerhold on fame’
- ‘The extent to which beliefs can be modified by doubt gives me a bit of a fingerhold onto how beliefs can be chosen by dint of one's will.’
- ‘Her sole fingerhold on the network, her Sunday show, is going to be taken over by Letitia.’
- ‘The earliest settlers had little time for aesthetic pursuits during their first decades of hewing out a tenuous fingerhold on the North American mainland.’
- ‘He stated that the Vote is little more than a fingerhold on democracy.’
- ‘The hope is that the numbers can be crunched in some direction which will offer enough of a fingerhold to justify a decision.’
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