stepping-off place

step·ping-off place

(stĕp′ĭng-ôf′, -ŏf′)
1. The last stop on an outbound line, as of a train.
2. A place or point from which one leaves for unfamiliar regions.
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Some students will find all they need in this one course, they say, while other will use it as a stepping-off place for more specialized study.
The time lag - while frustrating - brought considerable improvements to the plan to build a stepping-off place for school children, scientists and the general public to explore the 3,000-acre protected wetlands on Eugene's western flank, Johnston said.
In essence, the series of articles in this issue can provide you with a good stepping-off place as you plan your company's operations-and its future-in the next millennium.