nounchiefly North American
1A military training camp for new recruits, with strict discipline.
- He just enlisted this past year, finished his boot camp and his training at Parris Island in South Carolina.
- He even spent a couple of weeks at a military boot camp to prepare, braving extremes of weather from blistering heat to thunderstorms and a tornado.
- Once the platoon graduated from formal boot camp, a squad was assigned to each troop.
1.1A prison for youthful offenders, run on military lines.
- A total of 12 of the 107 interviews were conducted in institutions - 11 in local jails and one in the state boot camp.
- He says his son has never stuck at anything and gave him just 48 hours in the TV boot camp.
- But the point of the boot camp is that it would be tough and it might just put a stop to their behaviour.
1.2A short, intensive, and rigorous course of training: a grueling, late-summer boot camp for would-be football players
More example sentences
- The actors, too, enjoyed getting involved with the physical stuff, having trained for weeks at boot camp beforehand.
- It has evolved into a five-day boot camp of workshops from nine to four, panel discussions from four to six, and screenings after seven.
- Your students won't want to quit either because once they've been through boot camp they will be too excited about their progress to stop.
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