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a stepping stone

Some situation, circumstance, or experience that serves to assist one in reaching or progressing toward a goal or desired outcome. While I wasn't paid during my internship with the law firm, it acted as a superb stepping stone to getting hired as a full-time legal assistant at another firm.
See also: step, stone
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Jigsaw Holidays representative Anna Phillips said, 'Originally two cottages, Stepping Stone has bags of character.
I aspire to certain ideals, but have come to realise that it can be helpful to approach them in stages, to put in place stepping stones that lead toward them.
Splash of red Water Raked gravel Stepping stones Moss Create an area for quiet meditation with a Japanese-style tearoom
O'Driscoll said: "This is a stepping stone to bigger things hopefully.
That's why this festival is about celebrating the short film, not as a stepping stone but as an art form in its own right.
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She says the program is an excellent stepping stone for college students.
As its name implies, the stepping-stone neighborhood serves as a stepping stone for many residents.
In 1999, worldwide revenues jumped 540 percent, landing at $32 million, but this is only a small stepping stone in comparison to how high this market will climb.
To "answer" these questions, this paper presents the findings from a four-month student project conducted in 1994; a small stepping stone to help bridge the gap between two societies that once lived worlds apart.
Using the need for forest-health treatment as a "stepping stone" toward implementing new ecosystem-management techniques, as it appears to be happening on the Boise, was cited as a laudable goal.
While a vital and important role in rehabilitation settings, job placement seems to be a stepping stone or entry level job in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
PETER HOUSTON believes Jordan McGhee should look to use Falkirk as a stepping stone - and earn the club a transfer windfall in the process.
It would see the young people secure placements with the council in areas that they are keen to work in, giving them a stepping stone into employment.
GAA President Liam O'Neill, left, believes plans already in the pipeline to initiate a World Cup of Gaelic games "would be a stepping stone to that (Olympic entry)".