A place providing support for the foot in climbing or standing.(noun)
A firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement.(noun)
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Use "foothold" in a sentence
"One such provision is his Free Choice Voucher, which he described as a "foothold for choice and competition and a safety valve for Americans whose employers are already forcing them to bear more and more of their family's health insurance costs.""
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
"It starts off with a big roof about three feet off the ground, which fortunately has really good hands above it -- but that means your first foothold is at waist level."