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hotbed

[hot-bed] /ˈhɒtˌbɛd/
noun
1.
a bottomless, boxlike, usually glass-covered structure and the bed of earth it covers, heated typically by fermenting manure or electrical cables, for growing plants out of season.
2.
a place or environment favoring rapid growth or spread, especially of something disliked or unwanted:
a hotbed of disease.
3.
Slang. a bed shared by two or more persons in shifts, each sleeping in it for or at a designated time and then vacating it for the next occupant.
verb (used without object), hotbedded, hotbedding.
4.
Slang. to share a bed in shifts, so that it is always occupied.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; hot + bed
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Examples from the web for hotbed
  • Too bad academia itself, a hotbed of anti-Semitism and armchair revolutionaries, will take longer to disappear.
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  • His city is a hotbed of writers and critics, but when it comes to literature, he pleads ignorance.
  • Now it's a hotbed of curry, and other imported tastes.
  • The other end, the plus end, is a hotbed of activity.
  • The town was also a hotbed of secessionist sentiment.
  • On probability grounds alone, this section should be an eruption hotbed, but it's not.
British Dictionary definitions for hotbed

hotbed

/ˈhɒtˌbɛd/
noun
1.
a glass-covered bed of soil, usually heated by fermenting material, used for propagating plants, forcing early vegetables, etc
2.
a place offering ideal conditions for the growth of an idea, activity, etc, esp one considered bad: a hotbed of insurrection
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Word Origin and History for hotbed
n.

1620s, from hot + bed (n.); originally "bed of earth heated by fermenting manure for forcing growing plants;" generalized sense of "place that fosters rapid growth" is from 1768.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hotbed

hot bed

n phr,n
  1. A bed used both day and night, by shifts of sleepers (1945+)
  2. A place that produces or is prominently rich in specified things: College these days is a hotbed of sobriety (1768+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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