As nouns the difference between bridgehead and toehold
is that bridgehead
is an area around the end of a bridge while toehold
is (rock climbing) a foothold small enough to support just the toe.
An area around the end of a bridge.
(military) A fortification around the end of a bridge.
(military) An area of ground on the enemy's side of a river or other obstacle, especially one that needs to be taken and defended in order to secure an advance.
(chemistry) Either of the two atoms in different parts of a molecule that are connected by a bridge.
(rock climbing) A foothold small enough to support just the toe.
(by extension) Any small advantage which allows one to make significant progress.
*1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 151:
*:Were Herat to fall to the Persians, this would give the Russians a crucial and dangerous toe-hold in western Afghanistan.
*2009 , Alan Travis, The Guardian , 8 Dec 2009:
*:One in three "adult-kids" who have not left the parental nest say they are still living at home because they cannot afford to get a toehold on the property ladder by buying or renting.