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foundation stone

noun
1.
any of the stones composing the foundation of a building.
2.
a cornerstone.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for foundation stone

foundation stone

noun
1.
a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the foundation of a new building
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