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hotbed

  
  ( hotbeds    plural  ) If you say that somewhere is a hotbedof an undesirable activity, you are emphasizing that a lot of the activity is going on there or being started there.      n-count   with supp, usu N of n     (emphasis)    ...a state now known worldwide as a hotbed of racial intolerance.     
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hotbed

  
  
breeding ground, den, forcing house, nest, nursery, seedbed  

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hothead, hot, hotel, hob

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