jumping-off point

World English Dictionary
jumping-off place or jumping-off point
 
n
1.  a starting point, as in an enterprise
2.  a final or extreme condition
3.  (Canadian) a place where one leaves civilization to go into the wilderness
4.  (US) a very remote spot
 
jumping-off point or jumping-off point
 
n

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jumping-off point

noun
a beginning from which an enterprise is launched; "he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own"; "reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions"; "the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out" [syn: springboard
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