boot camp


Definition of boot camp

1 : a navy or marine corps camp for basic training
2 : a disciplinary facility or program in which young offenders are forced to participate in a rigidly structured routine
3 : a place or undertaking that resembles a military boot camp especially by requiring one to endure intensive training or initiation Nowadays, the more talented players view their college years as necessary boot camp to prepare them for the riches waiting for them in pro football.— Anson Mount These youngsters are put through what amounts to a boot camp of courses in music notation, basic harmony and ear-training.Smithsonian

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The top 20 chefs compete in a culinary boot camp and face the first Mystery Box Challenge of the season. Ed Stockly,, "What's on TV Wednesday: 'Krypton' on Syfy," 11 June 2019 After boot camp, dogs will test the boundaries at home. Marni Jameson,, "Animal House — part 2: Basic training can make unruly dogs fit for home life," 6 June 2019 Facebook is giving scholarships to 25 Houstonians to attend a 15-week coding boot camp run by Flatiron. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Facebook pledges to train 1 million people, small business owners across U.S.," 8 June 2018 Boise State Public Radio reports that Cassandra Fleckenstein with the Vale District for the Bureau of Land Management sought out the grant funding to start the wildland fire boot camp, now in its second year. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 But the lack of disaster didn’t appear to change minds in a Marine Corps that has steadfastly rejected congressional and other outside pressure to build combined platoons of female and male recruits at boot camp, like the other military services do. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "USMC move to integrate boot camp more ends; future unclear," 30 Mar. 2019 The Perfect Room evolved from design boot camps Kathryn hosted during the recession, helping people hone their sense of style. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Designers' Most Iconic Looks in Your Own Home," 14 Mar. 2019 People in the program undergo four weeks of lectures and training at CDC Atlanta, nicknamed epidemiology boot camp, and then can be deployed to locations around the world to investigate urgent outbreaks on the ground. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Disease Detectives," 7 Mar. 2019 Their guests don’t want Pilates classes or sunrise boot camps to pre-empt the indulgences that make vacations worth waiting for. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "Wellness Getaways That Come With Tequila," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of boot camp

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boot camp

: a camp where people who have recently joined the U.S. Army, Navy, or Marine Corps receive their basic training
: a short but very difficult training program : a program or situation that helps people become much better at doing something in a short period of time

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