lily pad
 n.— «Terrorist Osama bin Laden had a different agenda, he said. “He uses Afghanistan as a lily pad, a place to be, a place to go out and kill other people around the world.”» —“Rebels close in on last Taliban stronghold” by Hilary Mackenzie in Washington, D.C. Ottawa Citizen (Can.) Dec. 1, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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