foundation stone

noun
1.
any of the stones composing the foundation of a building.
2.
a cornerstone.

Origin:
1645–55

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foundation stone
 
n
a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the foundation of a new building

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If there were a simple way to prevent crises altogether, it would already be the foundation stone of financial regulation.
The foundation stone and timber came from the estate.
The original cornerstone had to be replaced when much of the foundation stone deteriorated during the severe winter.
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