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hothouse Line breaks: hot|house
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒthaʊs/

Definition of hothouse in English:


1A heated greenhouse in which plants that need protection from cold weather are grown: [as modifier]: hothouse plants
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  • I dream of rain, falling on everything, the dripping, peeling runnels of all gardens, from the grey sky through glass and hothouse, in the sowed order of this elder's place.
  • These so-called cluster tomatoes are cultured in hothouses for sale during seasons when field-grown crops aren't available.
  • As a response to the historic site and context, to the requirements of modern hothouses and to climate, it is both sophisticated and thoughtful.
1.1An environment that encourages rapid growth or development, especially in a stifling or intense way: [as modifier]: the hothouse atmosphere of the college
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  • Students were not potted plants to be watered in some academic hothouse, nor were they to be subjects of academic experiments.
  • In this Bohemian hothouse, our quirks and foibles flourished unchecked.
  • Surely there is a point where in-house becomes hothouse.
intense, oppressive, stifling;


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Educate or teach (a child) to a high level at an earlier age than is usual: a school that had a reputation for hothousing its girls
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  • We offer tangible value to the individuals behind the idea and then, by hothousing the concept, we offer investors a very sound proposition indeed.
  • The mother of Andy Murray, Britain's teenage tennis sensation, has produced a guide to the pitfalls of being a ‘pushy parent’ when hothousing a sporting prodigy.
  • His is not a story of hothousing a talent through academies from early boyhood.

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