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hotbed

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒtbɛd
 
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Definition of hotbed in English:

noun

1An environment promoting the growth of something, especially something unwelcome: the country was a hotbed of revolt and dissension
More example sentences
  • It has always been a hotbed of espionage activity.
  • It's also a hotbed of heterosexual sex - not something that's normally rife at fashion magazines, which are staffed chiefly by women and gay men.
  • Offices are regularly swept for bugs, and even after the Cold War the United Nations remains for some a hotbed of espionage.
Synonyms
2A bed of earth heated by fermenting manure, for raising or forcing plants.

Words that rhyme with hotbed

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