staging ground


: a place where something is planned or initiated

Examples of staging ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bundles of books were flown to the Anzio beachhead, in Italy, dropped by parachute on remote Pacific islands, and stockpiled in warehouses in the spring of 1944, so that they could be shipped to the staging grounds for D Day. Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 But before that ascent, the Toronto Film Festival and its early trials, tribulations and successes served as an essential staging ground for Egoyan’s later work. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 Israeli media have, for weeks now, been airing morale-boosting interviews with soldiers and reservists in staging grounds all across the country. Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2023 Until recently, the shady area under the bridge had been used by federal Border Patrol agents as a staging ground for detaining and processing large numbers of migrants. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Still, their performances at the hearing became the staging ground for blaming D.E.I. for the crises on campuses—as well as evidence that Gay, in particular, the first Black president of Harvard, lacked the qualifications to be in the job. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 Belarus was a staging ground for Russian troops to launch their invasion of Ukraine a little over 13 months ago. Yuras Karmanau, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2023 Following China’s intervention in the Korean War, for example, U.S. forces had the capability to conduct airstrikes across the border in Manchuria, which served as a staging ground for Chinese forces threatening to overwhelm U.S. troops on the peninsula. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 For Hamas and other militant groups, here was the more appropriate staging ground for nationalist Palestinian armed resistance. Foreign Affairs, 11 Dec. 2023

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First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staging ground was in 1970

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“Staging ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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