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English definition of “jumping-off point”

jumping-off point

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌdʒʌm.pɪŋˈɒfˌpɔɪnt/ US  /-ˈɑːf-/
a point from which to start a journey or activity Beginnings and starts 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 .Causing things to happen
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