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steppingstone

[step-ing-stohn]
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noun
  1. a stone, or one of a line of stones, in shallow water, a marshy place, or the like, that is stepped on in crossing.
  2. a stone for use in mounting or ascending.
  3. any means or stage of advancement or improvement: She looked on the governorship as a steppingstone to the presidency.

Origin of steppingstone

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Historical Examples

  • The ships going out of port were such a steppingstone to him, and a vague consciousness came back to him of having been in a ship.

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    Charles Reade