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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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springboardspring‧board /ˈsprɪŋbɔːd $ -bɔːrd/ noun [countable]  1 HELPsomething that helps you to start doing somethingspringboard for The TV soap has been a springboard for a lot of careers.2 DSSa strong board for jumping on or off, used when diving (dive1(1)) or doing gymnastics
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springboardThe cast in-situ concrete diving platforms have 3m springboards together with 3,5, 7 and 10m fixed platforms.Maybe this will be a springboard for us to compete for the rest of the season.His new job was a springboard for Mr Major's own Cabinet career.The full-colour illustrations will motivate children's interest and provide an excellent springboard for both oral and written work.She should be a favorite in the three-meter springboard and the platform, but things are never that simple for Clark.This story can be the springboard to a whole set of tales about the lion and the mouse.Close friends Melisa Moses and Jenny Keim earned the two springboard spots.springboard forHe used his years in the Senate as a springboard for his presidential campaign.
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