What does beachhead mean?

beachhead meaning in General Dictionary

an area in dangerous territory that has been occupied and it is held to permit aditional troops and products to enter

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  • a bridgehead regarding the opponent's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
  • an initial achievement that starts the way for further advancements

beachhead meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1940, in mention of the German armed forces strategies in World War II, from coastline (n.) + mind (n.), on the type of bridgehead, nevertheless image doesn't very work.