bridgehead

Definitions of bridgehead
  1. noun
    a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
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    type of:
    post, station
    the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
  2. noun
    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”
    synonyms: foothold
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    types:
    airhead
    a bridgehead seized by airborne troops
    beachhead
    a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
    type of:
    combat area, combat zone
    a military area where combat forces operate
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