Definition of foothold in English:

foothold

noun

  • 1A place where a person's foot can be lodged to support them securely, especially while climbing.

    • ‘The walls were sheer with no footholds or grooves for climbing.’
    • ‘Handholds became footholds, although the deeper and more sound you made them, the more exhausted you became.’
    • ‘You might also jam with your hands while using footholds outside of the crack.’
    • ‘Lazarus shook his head and sighed, but nevertheless used the handholds and footholds Ghost had made to climb the wall.’
    • ‘Eva brushed at the tears that filled her eyes and swung over the edge of the cliff, her feet sliding easily into cracks that made natural footholds.’
    • ‘They conveniently happened to be in the best places for footholds and handholds.’
    • ‘Yet even as I stood observing him, that tenuous foothold gave way and he slid backwards.’
    • ‘A couple of times her footholds cracked and she plunged a few heart-stopping feet, but luckily she grabbed another hold.’
    • ‘Going down had been easy, but with no handholds or footholds, coming up was proving to be much harder than I'd expected.’
    • ‘I put my arms on a choice piece of rock and heaved, dragging my body up while my feet unsuccessfully tried to locate footholds.’
    • ‘Twice she had to stop to rest, her arms trembling with the strain, locking her feet into semi-secure footholds and leaning into the rock.’
    • ‘Whatever the cause, I felt dizzy, and without any bearings or footholds.’
    • ‘There are no footholds on this particular cliff face.’
    • ‘The path plunged downhill at a near-sheer angle, with few hand or footholds, but a free-swinging knotted rope to hang on to.’
    • ‘Right foot, right hand, left foot, left hand, his hands and feet found footholds like an expert.’
    • ‘Carishia placed one foot upon the foothold and threw her other leg over Windom.’
    • ‘I bend under contorted branches and let myself down by dropping two or three feet to the next foothold.’
    • ‘There were no footholds, and I'm afraid of heights.’
    • ‘At one point, though only for a few yards, we had to find tentative footholds while hanging on to a cable.’
    • ‘The cliff was maybe eighty feet high, with not too many footholds.’
    toehold, hold, grip, anchorage, purchase, secure position, firm contact, support
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    1. 1.1usually in singular A secure position from which further progress may be made.
      ‘the company is attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market’
      • ‘Respect has now got a strong foothold in east London, where the labour movement started off.’
      • ‘Samsung's experience in handsets will doubtless help it gain a foothold in these markets.’
      • ‘There's nothing immediate here for people struggling to get a foothold on the property ladder.’
      • ‘Cable firms took full advantage of BT's slow start and established a strong foothold.’
      • ‘Existing designer labels will be promoted and provided with an opportunity to gain footholds in global markets.’
      • ‘Deutsche Bank has been trying without success to get a firm foothold in the market.’
      • ‘MCI is attempting to regain its financial foothold after emerging from bankruptcy in April.’
      • ‘Still, Sweeney feels confident that the changes under way in Boston are gaining a firm foothold.’
      • ‘In the days following the D-Day landings, Allied troops carved a tenuous foothold on the coast of Normandy.’
      • ‘And it's given them a foothold in the game, after 15 minutes in which they were run ragged.’
      • ‘For most actors, being identified with a genre helps maintain a foot-hold in a tough industry.’
      • ‘You are bracing to maintain your foothold on your fitness center enrollment.’
      • ‘Analysts say Golkar boasts the most qualified candidates and has a strong foothold throughout Indonesia.’
      • ‘Something has crossed our lives so that we are about to lose foothold in the public world of common sense.’
      • ‘Regency Gates and Railings has now established a firm foothold in the commercial and domestic exterior homes market.’
      • ‘More encouragingly, having weathered the storm, the Minstermen set about establishing a foothold in the game.’
      • ‘Regaining a foothold in international psychology was a hard-won achievement, to be sure.’
      • ‘But it's found a foothold in the industry already.’
      • ‘How likely is it for evil to regain a foothold anywhere?’
      • ‘This cannibal killer has already secured a foothold in the South East - and scientists believe it could spread quickly.’

Pronunciation

foothold

/ˈfʊthəʊld/