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In the sentence below, what does "staging ground" mean?
He's reading, all right, but he's doing it for show, using the interiority of reading as the staging ground for his supposed madness.
Basically it means the stage on which he demonstrates his madness.
staging post definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
U.K. place where travelers stop briefly: a place where people on a long trip stop off to take a break from travel, especially on an air route
I would be interested to see Amigos's source for his definition of staging ground.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
staging ground - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Thanks, Amigo - it was the only dictionary I hadn't checked out!