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noun [countable]     foothold pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a position from which you can improve your status or become more successful in an organization, profession, or market
    gain/get/establish a foothold:

    They have managed to gain a foothold in the South American market.

  2. 2
    a small hole, crack, or lump on a surface where you can put your foot to support yourself when climbing


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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