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stepping stone

noun [C]  /ˈstep·ɪŋˌstoʊn/ us  
something that helps someone advance or achieve something: I hope this job will be a stepping stone to something better. A stepping stone is also a stone that you step on to cross a stream or wet area: Flat stepping stones crossed the stream.
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