American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A training course filled with obstacles, such as ditches and walls, that must be negotiated speedily by troops undergoing training or participants in an obstacle race.
- n. A situation full of obstacles that must be overcome.
“Without attempting to work her way through the obstacle course of nails, sawdust, and the lumber-strewn floor, Dawn paused inside the opening and called to her father, raising her voice to make herself heard above the racket of his hammering.”
“George said he thought the cause was some sort of administrative breakdown, but this steep, remote boulder-strewn obstacle course would hardly have been of much interest for either farming or forestry.”
“The Professional Dog Training course offers students hands-on experience training dogs in basic and advanced obedience, public obedience, and obstacle course training climbing, crawling, and jumping skills.”
“A globulet fell a wet obstacle course and vanished to be replaced by another and another.”
“Next to it was the outdoor impact sled, wet and dry skid pads, and a hundred-acre dirt track and obstacle course for off-road testing.”
“The grueling obstacle course completed, the stage was now set for what baseball begged for, something America’s Pastime wanted since Jack Chesbro uncorked that wild pitch almost a century earlier: Base-ball’s grand cathedral, Yankee Stadium, would play host to the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in a seventh-game showdown.”
“But she might, after tonight’s meeting, have to swallow her pride and, rather than call in, see him personally and try to ï¬ght her way through the obstacle course of receptionists, bodyguards, and yes-men to get to the preacher, the tall man who’d been labeled as possessing a”
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