stepping stone

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Etymology[edit]

First attested circa 1325; first used in the figurative sense circa 1653.

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  • enPR: stĕpʹĭng-stōn′

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stepping stone (plural stepping stones)

  1. A stone that can be stepped on in crossing something, especially a marsh or creek.
  2. (idiomatic) Something used as a way to progress to something or somewhere else.

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