jumping-off place
noun Date: 1826 1. a remote or isolated place 2. a place or point from which an enterprise, investigation, or discussion is launched — called also jumping-off point

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • jumping-off place — {n. phr.} 1. A place so far away that it seems to be the end of the world. * /Columbus sailors were afraid they would arrive at the jumping off place if they sailed farther west./ * /So you visited Little America? That sounds like the jumping off …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jumping-off place — {n. phr.} 1. A place so far away that it seems to be the end of the world. * /Columbus sailors were afraid they would arrive at the jumping off place if they sailed farther west./ * /So you visited Little America? That sounds like the jumping off …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jumping-off place — jumping off point UK / US or jumping off place UK / US noun [singular] 1) the place where a journey begins 2) the first step in a project or activity …   English dictionary

  • jumping-off place — ☆ jumping off place [jum′piŋ ôf′ ] n. 1. any isolated or remote place regarded as the outmost limit of human habitation 2. the starting point for a trip or venture …   English World dictionary

  • jumping-off place — 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 • Syn: ↑point of departure • Hypernyms: ↑beginning,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • jumping-off\ place — n. phr. 1. A place so far away that it seems to be the end of the world. Columbus sailors were afraid they would arrive at the jumping off place if they sailed farther west. So you visited Little America? that sounds like the jumping off place! 2 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • jumping-off place — /jum ping awf , of / 1. a place for use as a starting point: Paris was the jumping off place for our tour of Europe. 2. an out of the way place; the farthest limit of anything settled or civilized. [1820 30, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • jumping-off place — the starting place of a long trip We gathered early in the morning at the jumping off place for our trip to the mountains …   Idioms and examples

  • jumping-off place — jump′ing off′ place n. 1) a place used as a starting point, as for a trip or enterprise 2) an out of the way place; the farthest limit of anything settled or civilized Also called jump′ing off′ point . Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • jumping-off place — /dʒʌmpɪŋ ˈɒf pleɪs/ (say jumping of plays) noun 1. a place used as a starting point. 2. US any very remote or out of the way place …   Australian English dictionary

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