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staging area

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noun
  1. an area, as a port of embarkation, where troops are assembled and readied for transit to a new field of operations.
  2. any area or place serving as a point of assembly or preparation on the way to a destination.
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Origin of staging area

First recorded in 1940–45
Also called staging post.
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British Dictionary definitions for staging post

staging post

noun
  1. a place where a journey is usually broken, esp a stopover on a flight
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staging area

noun
  1. a general locality used as a checkpoint or regrouping area for military formations in transit
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