Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

breeding ground

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a place where animals breed or to which they return to breed.
  2. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for breeding ground

Historical Examples

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

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • The gently sloping water front was the breeding-ground for quite a few harbor seals.