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

Steep stairways, narrow hallways and other structural barriers can make an older home feel like an indoor obstacle course. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 The company released a video on Thursday showing the humanoid traversing an obstacle course, leaping over a thick log and then jumping onto three separate wooden platforms. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boston Dynamics' Atlas Can Now Chase You Up the Stairs," 11 Oct. 2018 The teacher, Tonya Winfield, had set up an elaborate obstacle course. New York Times, "What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School," 5 June 2018 An obstacle course that resembles the nightclub district of Portland, Ore., is set up on the field and players driving muscle cars must avoid hitting light poles, drinking fountains and trees. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions-themed events would liven up 2018 Pro Bowl," 27 Jan. 2018 The girls leave the gym, only to be lead to an obstacle course with an audience for the Bachelor Strongest Woman Competition. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "An Ode to the Glasses of This Week's Episode of 'The Bachelor'," 22 Jan. 2019 Friday night’s kick-off activities included a cardboard canoe race, river crafts, face painting, a light bright board where kids made images with glowing sticks and a miniature obstacle course. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Saturday fireworks planned as Yorkville River Fest celebrates on and near the water," 14 July 2018 Join My Gym instructors for a fun, interactive class that will include relays, gymnastics skills, an obstacle course, games, a puppet show and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 19 June 2018 With just their torsos, the test subjects were taking their drones through both virtual and real world obstacle courses. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Flying Drones, Your Torso Might Be the Ultimate Joystick," 17 July 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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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