dumping ground


: a place to which unwanted people or things are sent

Examples of dumping ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oceanographers have now discovered what appears to be a massive dumping ground of military weaponry. Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 Just as sewage data can fill gaps in SARS-CoV-2 tracking, this public dumping ground can provide up-to-date, population-level information about which illicit drugs are being used in a community and whether prevention strategies are having an impact. Betsy Ladyzhets, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2024 January happens to be the month in which people are most likely to quit their jobs, and is also the month traditionally reserved as a dumping ground for the movies studios expect nothing from. Vulture, 12 Jan. 2024 From the 1930s to the 70s, the two sites were commonly used as dumping grounds for industrial waste, including byproducts from DDT manufacturing, a chemical used as an insecticide that was banned in 1972. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2024 For generations, the rivers were dumping grounds for machine shops, tanneries, gas plants and breweries. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 The Ganges itself has become a dumping ground for countless pollutants: toxic pesticides, industrial waste, plastic, and, more than anything, billions upon billions of liters of human effluent. Oliver Franklin-Wallis, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 Those rural areas also have become dumping grounds for unwanted animals from elsewhere. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Spota announced that there could be as many as three killers at work on Long Island — that the South Shore might have been a dumping ground. Robert Kolker, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dumping ground was in 1857

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“Dumping ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumping%20ground. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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