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stepping stone

noun uk   us  

stepping stone noun (STONE)

[C] one of a row of large, flat stones on which you can walk in order to cross a stream or river that is not deep

stepping stone noun (STAGE)

[S] an event or experience that helps you achieve something else: I see this job just as a stepping stone to better things.
(Definition of stepping stone from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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