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.

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Self-massage and at least eight hours of sleep As a former personal trainer and competitive obstacle course athlete, TJ Wynn is a big believer in functional fitness. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 Total Knock Out, the new one-hour obstacle course competition series on CBS. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kevin Hart Dares You 'Not to Laugh' Watching His New Obstacle-Course Show TKO: Total Knock Out," 11 July 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 0:25 Check out this floating water park in a North Texas lake Advertisement Altitude H2O on Grapevine Lake features slides, a trampoline and obstacle course. Prescotte Stokes Iii, star-telegram, "Are you up for a hair-raising spin at Six Flags ... at 70 feet in the air?," 11 July 2018 While one contestant tries to navigate an obstacle course, competitors fire giant projectiles to knock them off. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: The World Cup Semifinals and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’," 11 July 2018 Weekend activities include jump pad, jump pillow, obstacle course, pipe swing, triple slide, pedal karts, blue-choo, tram rides, goat village, Johnson’s town, corn box and games. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 His discipline—vert ramp—has been replaced by skaters doing tricks in venues that look more like obstacle courses. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "How Does an Action Sports Superstar Age? Tony Hawk Is Figuring It Out on the Fly," 2 July 2018 This 8,000 square foot inflatable water obstacle course and playground includes a catapult, climbing wall, trampoline, jungle gym, balance beam, bouncing dome, cyclone wheel and freefall wall with a slide. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun-Sentinel.com, "9 hot South Florida events in July," 25 June 2018 The reasons amount to an obstacle course built from policy mistakes, economic vicissitudes, and prejudice. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of obstacle course

1942, in the meaning defined above

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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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