breeding ground

breeding ground
noun (C)
1 a place or situation where something bad or harmful grows and develops
(+ for): overcrowded slums that are breeding grounds for crime
2 a place where animals go in order to breed: In spring, the birds migrate north to their breeding grounds.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • breeding ground — 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. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

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  • breeding ground — the area where reproduction occurs. Also called spawning ground …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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