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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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  • It is a breeding-ground for a whole new philosophy of heaven, hell, and the New Haven Railroad.

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • All the land was a breeding-ground for the dividends of Hedworth Westerling.

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
  • Mr. Belloc once said, very wisely and truly, that inertia was the breeding-ground of inspiration.

    Hugh Arthur Christopher Benson
  • What has he ever done, in all his dull days, to make that harmless mind a breeding-ground for every sort of degenerate idea?

    Witching Hill E. W. Hornung
  • But your leper spot, your Old World plague-house, your breeding-ground of pest-begotten human vermin!

  • Had we spent all this money and trouble only to provide a breeding-ground for this horrible hemipterous tribe?

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • The black-and-white warbler is one of the earliest spring warblers to reach its breeding-ground in the Transition Zone.

  • The family is at once the seat of the greatest liberty, and the home and breeding-ground of the greatest tyranny.

  • The scarlet-legged oyster-catcher, or “sea-pie,” makes Annet its breeding-ground; as also do many of the terns.

    The Isles of Scilly Jessie Mothersole
  • There can be therefore no doubt that the north of Scotland is within the extreme southern limit of its breeding-ground.

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