from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A training camp for military recruits.
  • noun A correctional method, usually applied to youthful offenders, that employs strict disciplinary techniques and rigorous physical training analogous to those used with military recruits.

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  • noun colloquial Initial, basic indoctrination, physical fitness training and basic instruction in service-related subjects for new recruits in the armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps).
  • noun A short, intensive, quasi-military program generally aimed at young offenders as an alternative to a jail term.
  • noun idiomatic Any short, intensive course of training.

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  • noun camp for training military recruits


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  • Supposedly, U.S. sailors during the Spanish-American War wore leggings called boots, which came to refer to a Navy or Marine recruit and was later applied to the name of their training area.

    November 30, 2007