breeding ground


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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The vote would elevate Jackson from the US District Court for the District of Columbia to the influential US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, which is seen as a breeding ground for Supreme Court justices. Clare Foran, Ariane De Vogue And Ted Barrett, CNN, 14 June 2021 By the time the 1980s rolled around, the neighborhood became known as a breeding ground for drug dealers during the crack epidemic. Nili Blanck, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2021 Mundane tasks like commuting or food shopping remained unticked on my to-do lists – doing anything that easy flicked me into autopilot, the perfect breeding ground for dissociative episodes, flashbacks and panic attacks. Beth Ashley,, 27 May 2021 Surveys show that while many remote workers miss in-person collaboration and the social aspects of work, huge chunks of the workforce view the office as a breeding ground for coronavirus. Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 Instagram, hate it or love it, has served as a breeding ground for some of the best stylists in the industry. Porsche Harwell, Essence, 19 May 2021 More recently, the slaughterhouses at one of Germany’s largest meatpackers served as a breeding ground for COVID-19, infecting hundreds of employees—much like a similar case in the U.S. involving Smithfield Foods. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 18 May 2021 Tiktok is a breeding ground for emerging musicians. Laurise Mcmillian,, 25 May 2021 But the byproduct of that trade-off is an ecosystem that is a breeding ground for misuse, fraud and massive privacy risk. Roger Hurni, Forbes, 19 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Breeding ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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