General English


  • noun a roughened area on the pitch offering a secure grip for a player’s foot, especially for a batsman or bowler
    Citation ‘Lock … had persevered in all circumstances and made immediate and effective use of the first signs of wear or dust from the footholds’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘The umpires shall allow players to secure their footholds by the use of sawdust’ (Law 10 § 7)


  • noun the capture of a small area of enemy territory, which can be used as a base for mounting or supporting further attacks