Foothold meaning

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A place providing support for the foot in climbing or standing.
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The definition of a foothold is a place of stability where you can put your foot while climbing or the state of being secure enough to move forward.

A large and solid rock where you can rest your foot while climbing is an example of a foothold.

When a disease advances far enough that it is likely to infect a very large number of people, this is an example of a situation where a disease has a foothold.

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A firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement.
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A place to put a foot down securely, as in climbing.
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A secure position from which it is difficult to be dislodged.
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(climbing) A solid grip with the feet.
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