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forcing house (plural forcing houses)

  1. A place where plants are forced into maturity sooner than would naturally happen.
  2. (figurative) Any place that promotes early development.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 763:
      Princeton University, forcing house for leaders of the Presbyterian Awakening, was a ready source of morale-boosting sermons and literature, and its Scottish President, John Witherspoon, was a leading figure in the Continental Congress through the revolutionary years.

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