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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
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They guessed it was the breeding ground of all evil spirits.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • The breeding ground of disorder and crime is to be found in the all night saloons.

  • "Yes, sir, this is their breeding ground," said the young lieutenant.

  • They had no heed for that breeding ground of the germs of every disease known to the human body.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • I have enjoyed it, it has done me good, and conversations are never wasted, as they are the breeding ground of ideas.

    Overlooked Maurice Baring

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