a relatively insignificant position from which future progress might be made;
"American diplomacy provided a toehold on which to proceed toward peace talks"
"his father gave him a toehold in the oil business"
a small foothold used in climbing
a wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the joints
- Family connections gave her a toehold in politics.
- The firm is anxious to gain a toehold in the North American market.