lily pad
 n.— «McPhillips described the operation as “building an air bridge” to the Mideast, with stops at “lily pads along the way” in addition to aerial refueling.» —“Buildup Order Kicks Air Base Into High Gear” by Robert Goodrich St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.) Nov. 13, 1998. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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