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hot bed

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noun Metalworking.
  1. an area having rails or rolls on which rolled pieces are laid to cool.
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Origin of hot bed

First recorded in 1620–30
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  • They went to Boston last fall—Boston is a hot-bed of spookism, as you may know.

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    Hamlin Garland

  • The little settlement was a hot-bed of gossip, backbiting, and slander.

  • The site of the hot-bed should be sheltered from cold winds, but open to the sunshine.

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    Logan Pearsall Smith

  • Because it is a hot-bed of vice and betting and gambling; that's why!'

  • It was on board the Marlborough that the mutiny had found a hot-bed.