dumping ground


Definition of dumping ground

: a place to which unwanted people or things are sent

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Many of the charter boats are focusing on the dumping grounds off Cedar Point, and the waters three to six miles east of Kelleys Island. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 To put it simply, frontline (low-income, people of color, tribal) communities tend to be dumping grounds. David Roberts, Vox, "The 4 best ideas from Jay Inslee’s new climate justice plan," 30 July 2019 But critics assert that the country has become a de facto dumping ground for people the Trump administration is eager to remove from U.S. soil. Washington Post, "Migrants sent back by US dumped in Mexico’s Monterrey," 26 July 2019 But critics assert that the country has become a de facto dumping ground for people the Trump administration is eager to remove from U.S. soil. MarÍa Verza, Houston Chronicle, "Migrants sent back by US dumped in Mexico's Monterrey," 25 July 2019 But some ramp users have taken to using the ramps, water around them and even the parking areas as dumping grounds for fish carcasses. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 Later still, other islands in the East River, like Randall’s and Wards, would be pressed into service, used as dumping grounds for those the citizenry didn’t care to have living among them. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, "A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad," 28 June 2018 The Black towns in the Black Belt are now dumping grounds—of fantasies and waste. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Alabama’s History Haunts, But It Also Instructs," 27 June 2018 Family members who have loved ones in two Jewish cemeteries in Seattle are horrified that dirty drug needles, garbage — even human feces on gravestones — have turned the hallowed places into dumping grounds. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'Meth on the tombstones': Jewish cemeteries turned into dumps, Seattle families say | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of dumping ground

1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dumping ground

: a place where people or things that are not wanted are sent

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