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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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Related Words for stepping-stone

vehicle, medium, power, equipment, process, route, technique, system, mechanism, instrument, step, mode, tactic, measure, factor, channel, aid, apparatus, fashion, agent

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