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spring training

noun
1.
a program of physical exercise, practice, and exhibition games followed by a baseball team in the late winter and early spring, before the start of the regular season.
2.
the period during which such a program takes place, usually from the beginning of March until the middle of April.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism
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