Meaning of jumping-off place

jump'ing-off' place"

Pronunciation: ( jum'ping-ôf', -of'), [key]
  1. a place for use as a starting point: Paris was the jumping-off place for our tour of Europe.
  2. an out-of-the-way place; the farthest limit of anything settled or civilized.
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