Definition of jumping-off place in US English:

jumping-off place

(also jumping-off point)


  • The point from which something is begun.

    • ‘Later this year, teachers will begin using that same presentation as a jumping-off point for classroom discussions.’
    • ‘On the drive to Baptism Creek he told us that the point where trips begin are known as jumping-off places.’
    • ‘Anyway, I thought it would make an interesting jumping-off point for a novel.’
    • ‘Although she doesn't see herself working in politics long-term, her current position has been a great jumping-off point.’
    • ‘There are plenty of other people worth noting, but as a jumping-off point, this will do for now.’


jumping-off place

/ˌjəmpiNGˈôf ˌplās/