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"stepping stone" in British English

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stepping stonenoun

uk   /ˈstep.ɪŋ ˌstəʊn/ us   /ˈstep.ɪŋ ˌstoʊn/
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stepping stonenoun [C]

us   /ˈstep·ɪŋˌstoʊn/
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.
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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stepping stonenoun [S]

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an event or experience that helps you achieve something new: a stepping stone to sth This job is a stepping stone to better things.
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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