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hothouse

noun uk   /ˈhɒt.haʊs/ us    /ˈhɑːt-/

hothouse noun (FOR PLANTS)

[C] a heated glass building in which plants are grown: hothouse tomatoes

hothouse noun (EDUCATION)

[C usually singular] often disapproving a place or environment in which people, especially children, are taught to develop skills and knowledge more quickly than usual: He was attracted by the hothouse atmosphere of Britain's top schools.

hothouse noun (BUSY PLACE)

[C] a place where there is a lot of a particular activity: a literary/political hothouse
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