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obstacle race

noun
1.
a foot race in which the contestants are prevented in a specific way from covering the full course at top speed, as by having hurdles to jump, sacks enclosing the legs, or potatoes to pick up.
Origin of obstacle race
1865-1870
1865-70
Related forms
obstacle racer, noun
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  • Considering the fact that this was an obstacle race of an exceedingly unusual type, the Mystery Lady made wonderful progress.

    The Crimson Thread Roy J. Snell
  • In and out of sacks, over barrels, through wirefences, obstacle race.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The manœuvre developed into a kind of obstacle race, with death on every side.

    Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery
  • It was his appearance, no doubt, which suggested to Kitty the absolutely fiendish idea of an obstacle race for veterans.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • He shall have an obstacle race as well, put in Peter lavishly; running just inside my Outer Circle radius.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • Almost from the first it became an obstacle race, a hurdle race, a long-distance endurance race, all in one.

    White Fire Roy J. Snell
  • The waves are sorted out according to their lengths in the "obstacle race" through the glass.

  • Up in the air he rose, remembering the time he had cleared barrels on the ice in an obstacle race.

  • She is running an obstacle race in which the silken garments of Bushido are likely to suffer considerable wear and tear.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • You will realize some time or other that all learning, like all life, is a sort of obstacle race in which the strongest wins.

    Golden Numbers Various
British Dictionary definitions for obstacle race

obstacle race

noun
1.
a race in which competitors have to negotiate various obstacles
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