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

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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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Heavy formulas can suffocate and clog pores, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria that leads to breakouts. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019 Pillowcases can hang on to dirt, oil, and bacteria from our faces, hair, and environment, and can become a breeding ground for acne. Glamour, "8 Genius Tips That’ll Give You Clearer Skin for Free," 26 Mar. 2019 Critics fear the facilities could become breeding grounds for extremists and repeat a key security miscue of the Iraq war. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread," 6 July 2018 In countries like Botswana, where mokoro (dugout canoe) safaris are popular, hippos, who are known to be very aggressive and easily agitated, can pose an especially dangerous threat to travelers who glide past their feeding and breeding grounds. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourist Killed by Hippo Near Kenya's Lake Naivasha," 13 Aug. 2018 Bath toys, with their squeeze holes that collect standing water, are the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 Nelson said the market created the perfect breeding ground for corruption. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 Despite all those hotels (typically a bed bug breeding ground), Orlando was bumped from the list entirely, and New York City fell four spots. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s The Bed Bug Capital Of The U.S.," 15 Jan. 2019 Then Disney — a prolific breeding ground for young talent — came calling. Gavin Harwin, Teen Vogue, "Debby Ryan on "Insatiable," Mental Health, and the Pressure of Hollywood," 18 Aug. 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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