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jumping-off point

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌdʒʌm.pɪŋˈɒfˌpɔɪnt/ us    /-ˈɑːf-/
a point from which to start a journey or activity an idea, example, or piece of information that is used to begin a process or activity: Using his daughter's case as a jumping-off point, he described a justice system that ignores the rights of the victim.
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