Word forms: staging posts
1. countable noun A staging post on a long journey is a place where people who are making that journey usually stop, for example to rest or to get new supplies. [British] ⇒ The island is a staging-post for many visiting yachts on their way south. 2. countable noun If you describe an action or achievement as a staging post, you mean that it helps you reach a particular goal that you have. [British] ⇒ Privatisation is a necessary staging post to an open market.
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