But the deputy speakership was just a stepping-stone to the top job for al-Abadi.
I remember that being a stepping-stone for me when it comes to why he gets so aggravated.
Once, twice, three times Courney had been a stepping-stone in the swept and garnished pathways of battle.
Inasmuch as he had such a stepping-stone, the very least he could do was to make use of it.
It was the precursor of free trade—the stepping-stone to commercial liberty in these regions.
Rule he sought after only as a stepping-stone to larger spoils.
His search along the wall brought him at last to a broken ledge of rock which might serve as a stepping-stone.
Who knows but what this may be a stepping-stone into a successful career?
The celebration stage of the selling process should be the first stepping-stone leading to another successful sale.
He just thought it a stepping-stone, but it was a tombstone.