jumping-off point


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jumping-off point

A starting point for something. I know you're unhappy with their offer, so just consider it a jumping-off point and come up with a counteroffer.
See also: point
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jumping-off point

 and jumping-off place
a point or place from which to begin something. The local library is a good jumping-off point for your research. The office job in that company would be a good jumping-off place for a career in advertising.
See also: point
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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