launching pad

noun

Examples of launching pad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an interview with United Press International, Pake explained how Reba’s first contract wasn’t only a launching pad for her music career but for his and Susie’s as well. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 The Super Bowl is the prime launching pad for movie studios, with 30 seconds going for $7 million during the broadcast. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2024 The country’s fourth-largest city is also a launching pad for one of its most popular long-distance hiking trails: the 34-mile Ala-Kul trek. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 The show’s long-term legacy as a talent incubator is sterling, becoming a launching pad for the likes of Aasif Mandvi, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper and Samantha Bee. Mark Kennedy, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 Biden also declined to campaign in the state or be listed on the primary ballot because of the calendar fight between the state and the DNC -- but Phillips and Williamson have been trying to use New Hampshire as a launching pad for their own candidacies. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2024 Separately, the movie also kept propelling the career of Boyle, who would go on to helm Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, and served as a launching pad for Murphy, who would, a few short years later, make his first movie with Christopher Nolan with Batman Begins. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2024 That’s why the Alabama governor didn’t launch his campaign in Montgomery, instead choosing Pittsburgh, a Rust Belt launching pad to appeal to the white working class nationally. Wilson Shirley, National Review, 7 Jan. 2024 And hopefully, this can be a launching pad to discover artists that didn’t quite fit on this list, or anywhere else for that matter. Pitchfork, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of launching pad was in 1951

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“Launching pad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/launching%20pad. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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