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jumping-off place

[juhm-ping-awf, -of] /ˈdʒʌm pɪŋˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
a place for use as a starting point:
Paris was the jumping-off place for our tour of Europe.
an out-of-the-way place; the farthest limit of anything settled or civilized.
Origin of jumping-off place
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “But there is a jumping-off place at the bottom,” objected Margery.

  • He had come to a jumping-off place in his life—why had they not let him jump?

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Say, this looks like the jumping-off place, remarked Dick, as they passed through a particularly lonely spot.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • To some of them indeed Khartoum is only a jumping-off place.

  • We ought to get to the jumping-off place pretty soon at fifty miles an hour.

  • Neither knowing the name of the other, they next met at this jumping-off place.

    The Land of Nome Lanier McKee
  • Liverpool Street, as the jumping-off place for East Anglia, has a soothing power of its own.

  • Before long we arrived at what may be called the "jumping-off place."

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • Serve a 'John Doe' on him and bring him to my office, otherwise trail him to the jumping-off place—in other words, get him!

    Dreamy Hollow Sumner Charles Britton
  • This venture led the company into a situation not unlike the proverbial "jumping-off place."

    Crossing the Plains, Days of '57 William Audley Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for jumping-off place

jumping-off place

a starting point, as in an enterprise
a final or extreme condition
(Canadian) a place where one leaves civilization to go into the wilderness
(US) a very remote spot
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Idioms and Phrases with jumping-off place

jumping-off place

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 ]
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 ]
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