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[duhm-ping-ground] /ˈdʌm pɪŋˌgraʊnd/
dump (def 17).
Origin of dumping-ground
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is a wooden gate here, which can be opened, but it only leads out upon a garden and a dumping ground above a cliff.

  • For several days, the south of England was a dumping ground—from somewhere.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • All the commercial nations are looking to China as the only "dumping ground" for their over-production.

  • Beyond, on a vacant lot which Penny suspected might also be a dumping ground, stood three or four dilapidated shacks.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • A corner of the Common, nearest the junction of two unpaved cross-streets, had been used as a dumping ground.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Reaching the dumping ground, standing between the handles of the wheel-barrow, Alfred attempted to overturn it.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • This was the dumping ground for all the idlers, drunkards and scallywags in England.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
  • Great Britain, far from being the world's manufacturer, has become the world's dumping ground.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
Slang definitions & phrases for dumping ground

dumping ground

noun phrase

A place to which unwanted persons and things are relegated: Because of such appointments the Department came to be seen as ''a dumping ground'' (1885+)

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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