launching pad

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The two sides appear to be closing in on an agreement in which the U.S. would withdraw its forces in return for a pledge from the Taliban to keep the country from being used as a launch pad for global attacks. Washington Post, "Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West," 10 June 2019 The two sides appear to be closing in on an agreement in which the U.S. would withdraw its forces in return for a pledge from the Taliban to keep the country from being used as a launch pad for global attacks. Fox News, "Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West," 10 June 2019 Together with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump will visit the naval base at Portsmouth, around 75 miles southwest of London, which served as a key launch pad for the forces that landed on Normandy. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, "Trump would prefer to talk with Iran, but won't rule out military action," 5 June 2019 Along multimillion-dollar homes in Lincoln Park, Armitage Avenue has grown into Chicago’s launching pad for primarily online retailers to open a store. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "North Michigan Avenue tries to bring back the 'Magnificent' amid retail upheaval," 5 June 2019 The next phase of solar sailing launched on June 24, when a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off the launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 The Miami event will help local Caribbean, Central and South American filmmakers have an international launch pad to showcase their film, digital, and interactive forms of visual storytelling. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Slamdance indie film festival adding a Miami edition," 18 June 2019 Former vice president Joe Biden’s Clean Energy Revolution exploded on the launch pad Tuesday. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Waiting to Exhale: Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Anti-CO2 Tax Hike," 7 June 2019 On June 22, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy will thunder off the launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. NBC News, "Spacecraft that sail on sunshine could be the next big thing in spaceflight," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of launching pad

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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