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point of departure

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noun
  1. Nautical. the precise location of a vessel, established in order to set a course, especially in beginning a voyage in open water.
  2. a place to begin, as in a discussion, argument, etc.
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Origin of point of departure

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called departure.
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