jumping-off place


jump·​ing-off place ˌjəm-piŋ-ˈȯf- How to pronounce jumping-off place (audio)
: a place or point from which an enterprise, investigation, or discussion is launched

called also jumping-off point

: a remote or isolated place

Examples of jumping-off place in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The practice dates back to the Gold Rush, when the city’s powerful attraction as a jumping-off place for Forty-Niners seeking their fortunes in the nearby hills generated an equally potent counter-narrative. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Feb. 2024 So that was the jumping-off place. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2022 Tucked among redwood trees, the hut is an ideal jumping-off place for exploring the forested and grassy knolls of Sam McDonald Park. David Gladish, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2023 This criteria as a jumping-off place naturally leads to a wildly diverse group of people. Julie Seabaugh, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jumping-off place was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Jumping-off place.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping-off%20place. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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