jumping off point

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - jumping off point

"jumping off point"

a starting place or inspiration


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - jumping off point

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Where are we on that big API project?

Colleague 2: Janice has produced a preliminary report outlining the areas that need development.

Colleague 1: Excellent! Let's call a staff meeting. That preliminary report will provide the perfect jumping off point for us to split into teams and start tackling each of the areas outlined.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - jumping off point

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Tom and Greta have organized a scavenger hunt for our whole group of friends.

Friend 2: Great. Sounds like fun. How does it work?

Friend 1: We will all meet in Central Park where Tom and Greta will give us our first clues to begin the hunt. Then further clues will be attached to the items that are found.

Friend 2: So, Central Park will be our jumping-off point?

Friend 1: Yes, we will all begin there and if all goes well we will meet up there again at the end of the day.

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jumping off point - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for jumping off point.

jumping off point - Examples:

1)  Our prior post was a jumping off point to a larger discussion the central point of health economics in the US.

2)  We did it so that our stories could be a jumping off point for community discussion and questions. 

3)  Author Dan Brown also used the idea of Jesus being married as a jumping off point for the fictional novel "The Da Vinci Code."

4)  ... of accessibility for the real devotees would have eroded you initial goal of creating a jumping off point for beginners or other developers to pick up their own work.

5)  ... going to use a recent news report about carbon emissions from thawing permafrost as a jumping off point in a discussion of a much broader subject ...

6)  The key is to experiment. Use your sleep diary as a jumping off point.

7)  Use this as a jumping off point and eventually find your own tastes. 

8)  Thanks for putting up such a well thought out site. It's a great jumping off point for people wanting to get into self publishing.

9)  ... it is a jumping off point for asking questions and figuring out things the best I can.

10)  ... an article with my take, with the hope that it will serve as a jumping off point to further debate. 

11)  However, this same curriculum could certainly be a reasonable jumping off point for kids interested in going off on a tangent from a major unit ...

12)  Allow me to tell you about my personal history as a further jumping off point for this discussion.

13)  It did serve as a jumping off point for a number of expeditions during the next 15 years. 

14)  The article served more as a jumping off point for future research and over the course of the next few years, ...

15)  ... but most use the original song only as a jumping off point to add the artists own interpretation and sound to the song.

16)  It may not be true for some, but it is a good jumping off point for discussion.

17)  Thanks for that link, it is a very good jumping off point

18)  Anyway, definitely food for thought and a great jumping off point for other articles.

19)  ... popular stopover for companies offering bus tours to Prudhoe Bay, and it is a jumping off point to the Gates of the Arctic National Park, which has no road ...

20)  But I frequently find myself wanting to use this place as a jumping off point rather than stay here for longer than an hour.