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foothold

An initial, stable position from which one can progress. 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.

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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get a foothold

To obtain 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.
See also: foothold, get

have a foothold

To be in 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. Sure, I've appeared on a few TV shows, but I don't at all feel like I have a foothold in the entertainment business.
See also: foothold, have

get a foothold in (something)

To obtain 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.
See also: foothold, get

have a foothold in (something)

To be in 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. Sure, I've appeared on a few TV shows, but I don't at all feel like I have a foothold in the entertainment business.
See also: foothold, have

*foothold (somewhere)

Fig. an initial position of support; a starting point. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; help someone get ~.) It's difficult to get a foothold in the education market when schools are laying off teachers. Max's father helped him get a foothold in the textile industry.

help someone get a foothold

(somewhere) Go to a foothold (somewhere).
See also: foothold, get, help
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While the spectacle of the anticorruption protests gives its participants a sense of participating in epic History--"India's second freedom struggle"--the novel's spatial focus on margins and backdrops impels us to look backward at populations and nonhuman entities struggling for footholds in the future.
So far eight Taiwanese banks have established footholds in Vietnam, including Cathay United, Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank, Mega International Commercial Bank, Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Hua Nan Bank, First Commercial Bank, Bank SinoPac, and Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank (SCSB).
Japanese carmakers have established footholds in Thailand as important export bases.
With this move, the two companies aim to strengthen their operational base and consolidate their footholds in the pharmaceutical market where competition is intensifying.
A number of local mine engineering and manufacturing firms are expanding their operations and diversifying their product lines to gain greater footholds in world markets.
aeruginosa and other bacteria can use as footholds while they attack the lung cells, says Vojo Deretic of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Great Britain and France both established footholds on the Somalian coast east of Ethiopia, while Russia took the city of Merv in central Asia and advanced to the northern border of Afghanistan.
30, 2012 (CENS)--Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) recently approved the First Commercial Bank, a government-linked bank here, to set up footholds in townships and villages in Henan Province, China.
The FSC has approved this year 12 applications from domestic banks for setting up footholds in Southeast Asia and/or Australia, with statistics showing Taiwanese banks having posted combined pretax profits of NT$2.
Chen, president of Chang Hwa, said the bank will accelerate tapping the financial market in China and study the feasibility of setting up footholds in Wuhan, Hubei Province; Changsha, Hunan Province; and Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, aiming to set up a subsidiary in China within two years.
Taipei, July 9, 2012 (CENS) -- To encourage Taiwanese banks to set up footholds in Southeast Asia, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) is trying to sign financial memorandum of understanding (MOU) with their counterparts in the countries there.