dumping ground

noun

Definition of dumping ground

: a place to which unwanted people or things are sent

Examples of dumping ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For generations, land surrounding the waterway has been viewed as some of Baltimore’s least desirable — a historical dumping ground for trash, industrial waste, the city’s dead and, even worse, its living. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2022 The massive haul of items was fished out of local rivers and beaches which have become a dumping ground for such items, and which pose a significant threat to marine life, ecosystems and communities around the world. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 For some four decades ending in the 1980s, the Corps used Bradford Island and the neighboring stretch of the Columbia River – traditional fishing grounds for the Yakama – as a dumping ground for electrical equipment and other waste. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2022 The bay is relatively shallow, isolated and more likely to be an urban runoff dumping ground where phosphorus might collect than Lake Superior at large. Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2021 But airlines are a particular dumping ground for stress and rudeness. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 For the past two decades, Nauru has served the Australian government as a dumping ground for refugees and asylum seekers, in return for millions of dollars in aid. The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 The bay is relatively shallow, isolated and more likely to be an urban runoff dumping ground where phosphorus might collect than Lake Superior at large. Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2021 The bay is relatively shallow, isolated and more likely to be an urban runoff dumping ground where phosphorus might collect than Lake Superior at large. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dumping ground

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dumping ground was in 1857

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Dumping ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumping%20ground. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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