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A place that is considered a breeding ground for epidemic disease.
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a place from where infection and illness originates and spreads
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a place infested with or esp. liable to epidemic disease.
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Noun1.pesthole - a breeding ground for epidemic disease
breeding ground - a place where animals breed
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As the owner or manager of 18,000 acres of land and some 250 slaves by virtue of his marriage to the wealthy widow Martha Custis, he minimized costs, maximized output and maintained discipline by dressing his slaves in rags, auctioning off their children, ordering the disobedient among them to be whipped and punishing captured runaways by shipping them off to disease-ridden pestholes in the West Indies where he knew they would likely die from overwork.