an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies;
"an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines"
"the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"
a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
- The struggle for the bridgehead continued.
- Peking Syndicate Limited took Jamieson town as its bridgehead to rob coal of China.