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breeding ground

a place where animals breed or to which they return to breed.
an environment suitable for or fostering the development of an idea, thing, etc.:
a breeding ground for violence.
Origin of breeding ground
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The swamp was a breeding ground for malaria, and the disease was killing off the population.
  • Clique membership is the perfect breeding ground for this kind of behavior.
  • GE prides itself on being a breeding ground for exceptionally talented managers.
  • Academe, however, is a breeding ground for such psychological and actual violence.
  • Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, can be a major breeding ground for the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
  • When you bring your tires home they can become a fire hazard or breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Dispose of any items that may hold water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • But standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold.
  • Read results of research on breeding ground requirements.
  • Treating the manholes eliminates a primary breeding ground for them.

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