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jumping-off place or point

  1. 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]

  2. 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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