- breeding grounds1) N-COUNT: usu sing, with supp, usu N for n If you refer to a situation or place as a breeding ground for something bad such as crime, you mean that this thing can easily develop in that situation or place.
Flaws in the system have created a breeding ground for financial scandals...
The current political turbulence represents the ideal breeding ground for this sort of collapse in consumer confidence.Syn:2) N-COUNT: with supp The breeding ground for a particular type of creature is the place where this creature breeds easily.
Warm milk is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
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breeding ground — breeding ,ground noun count 1. ) breeding ground for/of a situation or place in which bad things can easily begin to develop: The university was a breeding ground for political radicals. a ) used about good things: High school football has always … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
breeding ground — breeding .ground n 1.) a place or situation where something bad or harmful develops breeding ground for ▪ Overcrowded slums are breeding grounds for crime. 2.) a place where animals go in order to breed … Dictionary of contemporary English
breeding ground — n. 1. a place where many animals of a specified kind breed [swamps are breeding grounds for mosquitoes] 2. a place, condition, etc. that fosters some activity, idea, etc … English World dictionary
breeding ground — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms breeding ground : singular breeding ground plural breeding grounds 1) a) a situation or place in which bad things can easily begin to develop breeding ground for/of: The university was a breeding ground for… … English dictionary
breeding ground — /ˈbridɪŋ graʊnd/ (say breeding grownd) noun 1. a place in which fish, birds, etc., collect to breed. 2. a place where insects spawn: pot plant saucers make breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 3. any organisation, community or social group which… … Australian English dictionary
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
breeding-ground — noun a) A place or region where animals go to breed. What, wonder the denigrators, is county cricket for (if you ignore for a moment the small matter of providing a breeding ground for the Test team)? b) A place or institution seen as creating… … Wiktionary
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… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
breeding ground — noun Date: 1630 1. the place to which animals go to breed 2. a place or set of circumstances suitable for or favorable to growth and development < hurricane breeding grounds > … New Collegiate Dictionary
breeding ground — the area where reproduction occurs. Also called spawning ground … Dictionary of ichthyology