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launch pad

or launchpad

noun
1.
the platform on which a missile or launch vehicle undergoes final prelaunch checkout and countdown and from which it is launched from the surface of the earth.
2.
something that serves to launch or initiate:
He used his legal experience as a launch pad for his career in politics.
Also called launching pad, pad.
Origin of launch pad
1955-1960
1955-60
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launch pad

noun
1.
a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
2.
an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign
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