point of departure

point of departure
1. 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: ↑jumping-off place
Hypernyms: ↑beginning, ↑origin, ↑root, ↑rootage, ↑source
2. a beginning from which an enterprise is launched

he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own


reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions


the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out

Hypernyms: ↑beginning, ↑start, ↑commencement

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noun, pl points of departure [count]
: a starting point in a discussion, project, etc.

The study will be a point of departure [=jumping-off point] for future research.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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