a foothold in (something)

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a foothold in (something)

An initial, stable position from which one can progress in a particular industry or area. Likened to the place where one can place their foot when climbing something. Taking a role on a soap opera has helped many aspiring actors get a foothold in the entertainment business.
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I will not blame the course taken by the king, because, wishing to get a foothold in Italy, and having no friends there--seeing rather that every door was shut to him owing to the conduct of Charles--he was forced to accept those friendships which he could get, and he would have succeeded very quickly in his design if in other matters he had not made some mistakes.
And if the partition which she made with the Venetians in Lombardy was justified by the excuse that by it she got a foothold in Italy, this other partition merited blame, for it had not the excuse of that necessity.
It was necessary; therefore, to wait until the warmth of the sun should melt the glassy crust of sleet, and give them a foothold in the yielding snow.
Global Banking News-April 6, 2015--Foreign insurance companies looking for foothold in India
Barco, a global enterprise visualization expert declared that it has partnered with MCD Medical Computers Deutschland, strengthening their foothold in the surgical display market within the DACH region.
The launch is the latest move in a high street price war as chains fight to get a foothold in a growing tablet market that is dominated by Apple and Google.
Islamists have already claimed a foothold in Egypt, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia, where the Muslim Brotherhood has swept to power on the back of the so-called Arab Spring.
"This facility will complement a plant in Indonesia as a major foothold in Southeast Asia," Suzuki said at the opening ceremony of the Thai plant, which already started production of the Swift compact hatchback "eco-car" in March as the company's first car production foothold in Thailand.
IB Chairman Gao Jianping disclosed that IB and its branches around Fujian would offer currency exchange between renminbi (RMB) and the New Taiwan dollar starting in the middle of this month and its projected foothold in Taiwan might assist such service on the island in the future.
The current striking duo of Jerome and O'Connor are definitely not the option if you want to gain a foothold in the Premier.
Summary: A young teenage boy trying to find a foothold in the adult world forms the theme of the upcoming Bollywood film Wake Up Sid.
Each of the device's two legs has a foot that sits atop a foothold in the straight track.
The foreign firms are looking to gain a foothold in the North American market and Sault Ste.
Because of the unique complexity and customizing requirements inherent to the field, small manufacturing would seem well suited to an open software development model that could easily gain a foothold in any number of vertical and business software markets.
Although more widely used in Europe, in-mold laminating is gaining a foothold in U.S.