Pronunciation: (tō'hōld),[key] —n. 1. a small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing.
2. any slight or initial support, influence, advantage, progress, or the like: His knowledge of Latin gave him a toehold for learning French. 3. a batten nailed to a sloping roof as a support for workers.
4. Wrestling.a hold in which an opponent's foot is twisted. Also,toe'-hold".