Definitions for jumping-off place
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a place used as a starting point, as for a trip or enterprise.
an out-of-the-way place; the farthest limit of anything settled or civilized.
Origin of jumping-off place:
jumping-off place, point of departure(noun)
a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
"one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him"; "my point of departure was San Francisco"
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