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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This has freed up resources for better health care, as did closing a military-style boot camp in the jail. The Economist, "America’s most interesting sheriff," 8 Aug. 2019 Then there are the warriors in our midst—the weekend warriors, gridiron warriors, keyboard warriors, and spiritual warriors—while the country’s future software engineers sign up for coding boot camps to learn their trade. Robert Myers, Quartz, "“Warspeak” has infiltrated everyday American English," 8 Aug. 2019 Kawanua Robinson offers boot camps for prenatal and postnatal women, as well as exercise, dance and yoga classes for kids at her Power Play storefront on Fourth Street, which also has a yoga studio and a Lagree Fit 415 gym. San Francisco Chronicle, "It was a warm, late-summer evening and the Sunset District native, who moved into a Mission Bay condo in 2009, stopped by the Spark Social food truck park after a meeting.," 5 Jan. 2015 That's because unlike others, this isn't a strict military-style boot camp. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The World's Hardest Ski Destination Has a New Wellness Retreat," 13 Sep. 2019 Tony and Jenny Keen are so proud of grandson Chris Schuler who just graduated from boot camp. Beverly Southall,, "Perryville: Lower Ferry Festival coming Aug. 16," 9 Aug. 2019 Brady trains in the Bahamas every summer: Every summer for the past seven years, the quarterback of the New England Patriots has come to this remote island [Bahamas] for a beach boot camp. Deyscha Smith,, "12 things we learned from the ‘Men’s Health’ Tom Brady profile," 6 Aug. 2019 Covalance began offering the coding boot camp about four years ago as a way of growing Birmingham’s emerging tech workforce. William Thornton |, al, "Covalence “coding boot camp” resuming this fall, with added access," 1 Aug. 2019 At Great Lakes Gymnastics, Sara entered a new world–a boot camp. Abigail Pesta, Time, "An Early Survivor of Larry Nassar’s Abuse Speaks Out For the First Time," 18 July 2019

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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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