step|ping stone

step|ping stone
step|ping stone «STEHP ihng»,
1. a stone or one of a line of stones in shallow water, a marshy place, or the like, used in crossing.
2. a stone for use in mounting or ascending.
3. Figurative. anything serving as a means of advancing or rising: »

Students from various minority groups [are] intent on using education as a stepping stone to a better life (Fred M. Hechinger).

SYNONYM(S): springboard.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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