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A stone that can be stepped on in crossing something, especially a marsh or creek
“We hopped onto a stepping stone to cross the creek.”
Something used as a way to progress to something or somewhere else
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“Little do people know that setbacks that they have in life can be turned into a stepping stone to success.”
A given stage in one's progress towards a goal
“The East Asia Summit is seen as the stepping stone to a more ambitious goal of an East Asian Community in the future.”
A strong position secured by an army inside enemy territory from which to advance or attack
A location where a stream is shallow and the bottom has good footing, making it possible to cross from one side to the other with no bridge, by walking, riding, or driving through the water
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