Etymology
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springboard (n.)

also spring-board, "elastic board used in vaulting, etc.," 1774, from spring (v.) + board (n.1).

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Definitions of springboard

springboard (n.)
a flexible board for jumping upward;
springboard (n.)
a beginning from which an enterprise is launched;
he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own
Synonyms: jumping-off point / point of departure
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