breeding ground

noun

Definition of breeding ground

1 : the place to which animals go to breed
2 : a place or set of circumstances suitable for or favorable to growth and development hurricane breeding grounds

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Examples of breeding ground in a Sentence

a breeding ground for seals The Gulf of Mexico is a breeding ground for hurricanes. The company's casual atmosphere serves as a breeding ground for innovation.
Recent Examples on the Web The sandy beach is lined with loungers that match the color of the water, and sea turtles use it as a breeding ground at certain times of the year. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Throughout the court proceedings, which began in April, social media platforms like TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram became a breeding ground for seemingly endless pro-Depp and anti-Heard memes and videos about the public trial. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Like all coffee makers and single-serve coffee machines — as well as other home appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and ovens — Keurigs can serve as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and mold if they are not regularly cleaned. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 A year ago, as this bad trip known as the coronavirus pandemic did a Freeze Dance number on the economy, the auto world became a breeding ground of unknowns. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 24 Apr. 2021 When humidity creeps above 50%, the space can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, dust mites and other critters. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 6 June 2022 When the latest outbreak was first announced, Ryan warned that with its poor health infrastructure and lack of vaccines, North Korea could become a breeding ground for new variants that could threaten peoples beyond its borders. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Expired products become a breeding ground for bacteria. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 Chicago has long been a breeding ground for tap dance, and the city’s flagship summer festival, Rhythm World, is back. Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breeding ground

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breeding ground was in 1630

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breeding crate

breeding ground

breeding/mating season

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2022

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“Breeding ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breeding%20ground. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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