get a toehold

get a toehold

To obtain an initial, stable position from which one can progress in a particular industry or area. Taking a role on a soap opera has helped many aspiring actors get a toehold in the entertainment business.
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get a toehold

tv. to work one’s way into some association or relationship. As soon as I get a toehold in the company, I’ll be more relaxed.
See also: get
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In their recent mathematical analysis reported in Nature, researchers have shown that a single tit-for-tat player in a population of defectors can sometimes get a toehold and then drive the defectors to extinction, provided the population is fairly small.
Drawing on research at leading universities, the Joyce Foundation reveals in the report that employment-based policies adopted by many states - especially in economic good times - have helped some families get a toehold on the economic ladder.