"toeholds" in the noun sense
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
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