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steppingstone

[ step-ing-stohn ]
/ ˈstɛp ɪŋˌstoʊn /
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noun

a stone, or one of a line of stones, in shallow water, a marshy place, or the like, that is stepped on in crossing.
a stone for use in mounting or ascending.
any means or stage of advancement or improvement: She looked on the governorship as a steppingstone to the presidency.

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Origin of steppingstone

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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British Dictionary definitions for steppingstone

stepping stone

noun

one of a series of stones acting as footrests for crossing streams, marshes, etc
a circumstance that assists progress towards some goal
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