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stepping stone

noun
1.
one of a series of stones acting as footrests for crossing streams, marshes, etc
2.
a circumstance that assists progress towards some goal
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  • Once, twice, three times Courney had been a stepping-stone in the swept and garnished pathways of battle.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Rule he sought after only as a stepping-stone to larger spoils.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • His search along the wall brought him at last to a broken ledge of rock which might serve as a stepping-stone.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • Who knows but what this may be a stepping-stone into a successful career?

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The celebration stage of the selling process should be the first stepping-stone leading to another successful sale.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • He just thought it a stepping-stone, but it was a tombstone.

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