obstacle course


Definition of obstacle course

: a military training course filled with obstacles (such as hurdles, fences, walls, and ditches) that must be negotiated broadly : a series of obstacles that must be overcome

Examples of obstacle course in a Sentence

We finally made it through the bureaucratic obstacle course and got our visas.
Recent Examples on the Web When Davis was struggling with ideas for how to keep his son occupied when playgrounds were closed, one of the other dads in the group suggested an obstacle course of pillows for his son to run through. Samantha Schmidt, Star Tribune, "The pandemic is forcing men to realize they have a friend crisis," 6 Dec. 2020 Located at 4845 Broadway Blvd, the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s South Garland branch has an obstacle course whose activities are written on the pavement in chalk. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "Garland library’s sidewalk obstacle course a ‘perfect social distancing activity’," 23 Nov. 2020 Inside that cup, and more recently, inside the flat-fold versions, is the key component: fibers 1/50th the width of a human hair, blown together in an intricate web that creates an obstacle course for dangerous particles. Jessica Contrera, Anchorage Daily News, "N95 masks save lives. So why are they still hard to get this far into a pandemic?," 21 Sep. 2020 This makes sense, the team suggests, because geologic structures such as fault lines essentially create an underground obstacle course for magma. Katherine Kornei, Scientific American, "Faraway Magma Reservoirs Complicate Volcano Monitoring," 14 Sep. 2020 There’s also an adventure playground with go-karts, an obstacle course, and indoor play area for kids. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Pippa Middleton's Rumored New Property Purchase Is a $2 Million Berkshire Estate," 16 Dec. 2020 Build an obstacle course out of couch cushions or cardboard boxes. Washington Post, "How to keep kids active as the weather cools and the pandemic rolls on," 22 Oct. 2020 An obstacle course and puppet show round out the event, with each participant receiving a treat bag at the end. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "Halloween planners in Howard County work to organize spooky but safe fun amid coronavirus pandemic," 16 Oct. 2020 Isolated patches of ice created a midnight obstacle course in the aftermath of a 45-7 loss to the Packers as a steady sleet continued to pelt the rental car. David Moore, Dallas News, "For the Dallas Cowboys, this season has taken on the same dark tone as 10 years ago," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of obstacle course

1942, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Obstacle course.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstacle%20course. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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obstacle course


English Language Learners Definition of obstacle course

: a series of objects that people or animals in a race have to jump or climb over, go around, go under, etc.
: a training area for soldiers that is filled with objects (such as hurdles, ditches, walls, etc.) that the soldiers have to jump or climb over, go around, go under, etc.
: a series of problems, events, or requirements that make it difficult to do something

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