jumping-off place


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jump·ing-off place

(jŭm′pĭng-ôf′, -ŏf′)
n.
1. A beginning point for a journey or venture.
2. A very remote spot.
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jumping-off place

or

jumping-off point

n
1. a starting point, as in an enterprise
2. a final or extreme condition
3. Canadian a place where one leaves civilization to go into the wilderness
4. US a very remote spot
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jump′ing-off′ place`


n.
1. a place used as a starting point, as for a trip or enterprise.
2. an out-of-the-way place; the farthest limit of anything settled or civilized.
Also called jump′ing-off′ point`.
[1820–30]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jumping-off place - a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched; "one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him"; "my point of departure was San Francisco"
origin, source, root, rootage, beginning - the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
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Translations

jumping-off place

[ˌdʒʌmpɪŋˈɒfˌpleɪs] jumping-off point [ˌdʒʌmpɪŋˈɒfˌpɔɪnt] Npunto m de partida
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jumping-off place

n (fig) (for negotiations) → Ausgangsbasis f; (for job) → Sprungbrett nt
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References in classic literature ?
One expected to see the locomotive pause, or slack up a little, and approach this plunge cautiously, but it did nothing of the kind; it went calmly on, and went it reached the jumping-off place it made a sudden bow, and went gliding smoothly downstairs, untroubled by the circumstances.
It also placed 17th in quality of life, and while it finished lower on the scale for social opportunities (40th) and career advancement (44th), it's in a strong position for new grads looking for a jumping-off place.
Ingram's old adversary, Edward Dezhnev, is the brigade commander responsible for laying siege to a Japanese holdout garrison in Toro, a natural jumping-off place for an attack on Hokkaido.
Do e-cigarettes provide those who would like to quit a jumping-off place to begin weaning themselves from the nasty habit (a patch of sorts)?
"I feel like I am in the jumping-off place," says Jordan.
Among the selections are George Vancouver from A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, Gray Brechin on early synagogues of San Francisco, Edmond Wilson's "The Jumping-Off Place" from The American Earthquake, Allan Temko's "Bridge of Bridges--A Quantum Leap into Architectural Glory," Robert Duncan in Italian, Herb Caen's "Edifice Wrecks," Mike Davis from City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Ernest Callenbach From Ecotopia, and William Gibson's "Skinner's Room." No index is provided.
Sagitta is also a good jumping-off place for showpiece planetary nebula M27 and the nifty Coathanger asterism, though both objects actually reside in neighboring Vulpecula.