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hotbed of (something)

A place or environment full of something or where something is apt to proliferate, often something unpleasant. It seems our old town has become a hotbed of crime in the years since we've lived there.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hotbed of something

Fig. a nest of something; a gathering place of something. This office is a hotbed of lazy people. My class is a hotbed of nerds.
See also: hotbed, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hotbed of something

n. a nest of something; a gathering place of something. This office is a hotbed of lazy people.
See also: hotbed, of, something
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Meanwhile, Regional Director Ariel Bernardo of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency nodded to signify his confirmation of the "hotbed" tag.
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