obstacle course

noun

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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On the first Tuesday of every month a room at Generator, a business incubator and collection of artist studios in Burlington, is outfitted with a glowing obstacle course so pilots can hone their skills. Fox News, "Vermont city features drone racing obstacle course," 8 Aug. 2018 Arnold apparently enjoyed his time in the military, though he was punished for an impromptu high speed downhill tank race with a six hour crawl through an obstacle course. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Crush a Limo With His Own Tank," 30 July 2018 The object of the sport is for a man to carry a woman through an obstacle course in the shortest amount of time. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia," 27 June 2018 Vermont's largest city is home to what's believed to be the nation's first permanent drone racing obstacle course. Fox News, "Vermont city features drone racing obstacle course," 8 Aug. 2018 Visitors of the park will have access to a 45-minute session on the obstacle course to conquer elements like hurdles, balance beams, bridges, monkey bars and more. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Floating water park opening on Lake Travis just in time for the peak of summer," 25 June 2018 From its increasingly difficult obstacle courses to its inspirational contestants to the genuine awe and excitement of announcers Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, nothing on the series feels forced or inauthentic. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best sports TV shows of all time (including 'GLOW')," 2 July 2018 As the world's top disabled athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang's narrow and uneven streets. Kim Tong-hyung, chicagotribune.com, "'I felt like my walker was on waves': Paralympics fans had difficult time in Pyeongchang, but changes may not happen," 18 Mar. 2018 As the world's top disabled athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang's narrow and uneven streets. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Paralympics: Disabled people experience accessibility issues," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of obstacle course

1942, in the meaning defined above

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obstacle course

noun

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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