Meaning of toehold

toe•hold

Pronunciation: (tō'hōld), [key]
— n.
  1. a small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing.
  2. any slight or initial support, influence, advantage, progress, or the like: His knowledge of Latin gave him a toehold for learning French.
  3. a batten nailed to a sloping roof as a support for workers.
  4. a hold in which an opponent's foot is twisted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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