point-departure

point of departure

noun
1.
Nautical. the precise location of a vessel, established in order to set a course, especially in beginning a voyage in open water.
2.
a place to begin, as in a discussion, argument, etc.
Also called departure.


Origin:
1855–60

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point of departure

noun
1. a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched; "one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him"; "my point of departure was San Francisco" [syn: jumping-off place
2. 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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