jumping-off place

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jumping-off place

1. The point at which something begins. I know you're unhappy with their offer, so just consider it a jumping-off place and come up with a counteroffer.
2. A very distant location, possibly the farthest possible one. I know where the explorers on that expedition started, but what was their jumping-off place?
See also: place

jumping-off place

1. A starting point for a journey or venture, as in This tiny village is the jumping-off place for our trek into the desert. This usage probably alludes to jumping into the water. [Early 1800s]
2. A very remote spot; also, the last place to be reached. For example, This was the jumping-off point for the first gold miners in Alaska. [Early 1800s]
See also: place
References in classic literature ?
One expected to see the locomotive pause, or slack up a little, and approach this plunge cautiously, but it did nothing of the kind; it went calmly on, and went it reached the jumping-off place it made a sudden bow, and went gliding smoothly downstairs, untroubled by the circumstances.
Eight chapters are: the early Black presence in the West; on the eve of overland migration: antebellum slavery and freedom; the jumping-off places; the providential corridor; community and work on the trails;/ life, death, and acts of kindness; sweet freedomAEs plains; place of promise; epilogue.
Rather than using great literature as jumping-off places for students to gain confidence and engagement as readers, the literacy programs use short texts, each about 10 to 15 pages long, accompanied by leveled readers.
We are not told that eight pounds of meat per man per day was the staple ration for voyageurs who provided the muscle power to jumping-off places for northern exploration, nor that Franklin because famous as "the man who ate his shoes" (moccasins had some nutritious value because proteins had not been denatured by tanning).
I have seen them come to the "jumping-off places" of the North, these men whereof I speak.
There were the attractions of climate or locales with good jumping-off places for interesting, often foreign travel.