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springboard

noun [C] uk   /ˈsprɪŋ.bɔːd/ us    /-bɔːrd/

springboard noun [C] (SPORT)

a board that can bend which helps you to jump higher when jumping or diving into a swimming pool or when doing gymnastics

springboard noun [C] (GOOD START)

something that provides you either with the opportunity to follow a particular plan of action, or the encouragement that is needed to make it successful: The firm's director is confident that the new project will act as a springboard for/to further contracts.
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