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boot camp

noun, U.S. Navy, Marines.
a camp for training recruits.
Origin of boot camp
1940-45, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boot camp
  • Think of them instead as boot camp drill instructors, whipping out of shape or underperforming laggards into top-flight athletes.
  • Month three of boot camp has begun, but the pounds stubbornly refuse to budge.
  • But, one mistake later, the eighth-grader who had never known trouble faces five months in a military-style boot camp.
  • The boot camp, so popular that it has been expanded to six times a year, plays out against a magnificent backdrop.
  • They go through a rigorous debate boot camp at the start of their first semester.
  • He hadn't used semaphores since boot camp, but now he grabbed hold of two flags and raised his hands high.
  • boot camp programs are modeled after military basic training.
British Dictionary definitions for boot camp

boot camp

(US, slang) a basic training camp for new recruits to the US Navy or Marine Corps
a centre for juvenile offenders, with a strict disciplinary regime, hard physical exercise, and community labour programmes
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Word Origin and History for boot camp

by 1941, U.S. Marines slang, said to be from boot (n.) as slang for "recruit," which supposedly dates from the Spanish-American War and is a synecdoche from boots, leggings worn by U.S. sailors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for boot camp

boot camp

noun phrase
  1. A asi training center (WWI Navy & Marine Corps)
  2. A penal camp, resembling a military boot camp in rigor, used as a substitute for imprisonment: The penal system is moving toward separate drug-treatment facilities, boot camps for young offenders (1980s+)
  3. Any very strict training facility: militant pro-life boot camp (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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