reform school


Definition of reform school

: a reformatory for boys or girls

Examples of reform school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 15, he was sent to a boys ranch in lieu of reform school. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 When my behavior became troublesome -- skipping school, becoming antisocial -- I was sent to a reform school for several years. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 Chan started The School for Good Mothers, her electrifying debut about a new government watchdog program that punishes mothers who make parenting mistakes with time in a strict reform school, years before the Trump administration even took power. Seija Rankin,, 27 Jan. 2022 The approach to the little reform school in the woods seemed to be from a storybook, a winding road bringing new students to its remote campus, with dormitories and a red barn perched beside a pond. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 The new novel, out Oct. 5, begins with a farm boy named Emmett being driven home across Nebraska in 1954 by the warden of a reform school. Time, 29 Sep. 2021 Wolff, who co-founded the political action committee Campaign for Better San Francisco Public Schools to reform school board elections, acknowledged that the district is not alone in facing a shortage of teachers. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2021 Jack was sent to a reform school that was itself run by criminals, and the people who steal most brazenly from Ray do not see themselves as crooks, but as legitimate businessmen. Jennifer Wilson, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 The name was later changed to Manual because many thought the old name sounded like a reform school. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of reform school

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Reform school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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