staging area

noun
1.
an area, as a port of embarkation, where troops are assembled and readied for transit to a new field of operations.
2.
any area or place serving as a point of assembly or preparation on the way to a destination.
Also called staging post.


Origin:
1940–45

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staging area
 
n
a general locality used as a checkpoint or regrouping area for military formations in transit

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Example sentences
The area is geologically active, including a fault line running under the
  proposed site for the cask staging area.
It's a horrible staging area to go to the rest of the solar system.
The staging area accommodates parking and picnicking with drinking water and
  grills.
The former adult pool area and fitness center are still a staging area during
  construction.
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