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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After surviving boot camp, 17-year-old Micah Wooten of Newberry, South Carolina, was looking forward to graduation. Norah O'donnell, CBS News, "Hospital honors Marine who missed his graduation for emergency surgery," 13 Aug. 2019 For The Game of Desire, a new self-help dating guide from Shan Boodram, the sexologist enlisted five women for a romance boot camp, designed to teach them to flirt better, identify matches and communicate with purpose. Raisa Bruner, Time, "A Sexologist, a Comedian and a Woman on a 'Man Fast' Rewrite the Rules of Dating," 8 Aug. 2019 Electric currents are out of fashion, replaced by yoga boot camps, meditation and veganism. The Economist, "The business of the body," 11 July 2019 The financial literacy program, held once a year, works as a two-day boot camp, going over budgeting, debt reduction, credit management, investment, saving for retirement and avoiding impulse spending. Gianna Campos, The Mercury News, "Dress for Success gives job-seeking women a better chance," 21 June 2019 The 10 or 12 who make that cut will go to the boot camp and be judged on business feasibility and contributions to their community. Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay boot camp aims to jump-start businesses through the region," 20 Aug. 2019 All 20,000 African American Marines who were recruited from 1942 to 1949 received boot camp training at the segregated Montford Point Camp in North Carolina. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal for being one of the first African American Marines," 18 Aug. 2019 There are now 35 official trainers and more than 130 students in the program, and ICW also offers corporate fitness classes and outdoor boot camps. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, "InnerCity Weightlifting Gets Young Men Off the Street, Into the Gym — and Focused on the Future," 8 Aug. 2019 Police academy training, especially back then, had similarities to military boot camp. Sharon Coolidge,, "Meet Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. He's the Elder grad and former Cincinnati Police Department official now in the national spotlight.," 6 Aug. 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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