toehold - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈtəʊˌhəʊld/
singulartoehold
pluraltoeholds
  1. 1
    [singular] a small or unimportant position in a place, organization, or activity that you hope will help you to get a better one
  2. 2
    [countable] a small hole in a rock where you can put your foot to help you to climb up