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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Paintball uses terms like snake and Dorito when referring to the inflatable bunkers that make up the layout of the obstacle course players must maneuver to score points. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Paintball fever arrives with NXL Chicago Open: 'Think capture the flag meets chess meets action sport’," 13 Sep. 2019 The length of the obstacle course is said to be the distance needed to avoid being shot by pursuers. Washington Post, "Lithuanian couple crowned ‘wife carrying’ world champions," 7 July 2019 Mighty Mud Mania 2019 in Scottsdale Each year, adults and kids flock to Scottsdale for a messy, muddy obstacle course event. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Rewind through June 2019 nightlife, events scene in photos," 28 June 2019 Broadbent typically competes in five or six boomerang competitions throughout the year, and he cross-trains with obstacle course races and marathon runs. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland’s Logan Broadbent wins U.S. Boomerang National Championship," 28 Aug. 2019 Athletes climbed over walls, crawled under nets and walked across a balance beam during the event put on by Epic Series, an organizer of obstacle course races. Daily Pilot, "Athletes try their hands — and feet — at ‘Epic’ obstacle course in Huntington Beach," 12 Aug. 2019 After a positive turnout to last year’s first-ever Tri-A-Little-Thon, the Pearland Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back the popular obstacle course fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Deloris Fenwick Nature Center. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Try a lot or not at Pearland’s Tri-A-Little-Thon," 8 Aug. 2019 Millennials and women are helping to drive the popularity of obstacle course races, such as the Tough Mudder. Sarah Richards, Los Angeles Times, "Why we’re flocking to obstacle races and ultra marathons," 2 Aug. 2019 Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course Climb into the pines to test your ability at this elaborate above-ground obstacle course. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019

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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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