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[hot-bed] /ˈhɒtˌbɛd/

a bottomless, boxlike, usually glass-covered structure and the of earth it covers, heated typically by fermenting manure or electrical cables, for growing plants out of season.
a place or environment favoring rapid growth or spread, especially of something disliked or unwanted:
a hotbed of disease.
Slang. a shared by two or more persons in shifts, each sleeping in it for or at a designated time and then vacating it for the next occupant.
verb (used without object), hotbedded, hotbedding.
Slang. to share a in shifts, so that it is always occupied.
a glass-covered bed of soil, usually heated by fermenting material, used for propagating plants, forcing early vegetables, etc
a place offering ideal conditions for the growth of an idea, activity, etc, esp one considered bad: a hotbed of insurrection

1620s, from hot + bed (n.); originally “bed of earth heated by fermenting manure for forcing growing plants;” generalized sense of “place that fosters rapid growth” is from 1768.

n phr,n


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