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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Synonyms for breeding ground

Synonyms

hotbed, hothouse, nest, nidus, nursery, seedbed, seminary

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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.
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Riverdale has emerged as a breeding ground for young Hollywood talent and no star on the CW teen drama is as fashion forward as Madelaine Petsch. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meet the New Generation of Red Carpet Stars," 20 Dec. 2018 Apps like Instagram often get a bad rap as a breeding ground for trolls, but with a newfound following, Millicent's experience has overall been positive. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Millicent Simmonds Saved the Day in A Quiet Place — Now She's Headed to the Disney Channel," 4 Dec. 2018 Speaking to Russian news agencies Wednesday in Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov repeated Russian statements that Idlib is turning into a breeding ground for terrorists and needs to be dealt with accordingly. Zeina Karam, Fox News, "Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria," 6 Sep. 2018 Climate extremes, harsh land and unsanitary conditions make the camps a breeding ground for diseases and mental stress. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018 Considered by many to be a breeding ground for hippies and Jimmy Buffet diehards, the island city defies stereotypes with its diverse architecture, seafood restaurants, and epic sunsets. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Critics see a breeding ground for hype and misinformation. Justina Lee, latimes.com, "Cryptocurrency influencers hype up coin offerings, sometimes making $105,000 a tweet," 26 June 2018 The elder Saarinen, then a living legend who had designed the Cranbrook Campus, a breeding ground for modernist design, would lead the firm until his death in 1950. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 And yet some migratory species, like snow geese in North America, are booming, to the detriment of their Arctic breeding grounds. James Gorman, New York Times, "Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of breeding ground

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breeding ground

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breeding ground

: a place where animals go to breed

: a place or situation that helps or allows something to grow, develop, etc.

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