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- noun a British reform school for youths between 16 and 22.
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- noun historical Any of the
prisonsset up in Britainfor delinquentboys from 1895 to 1983.
- noun UK, Ireland Any institution which provides education to young offenders.
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- noun formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
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We always had bad lads, and a few bad girls, we used to put them in borstal for a short sharp shock.
I had to look up "borstal" -- I learned a new word.
This format sees a brave/mad teacher volunteering to live with their most difficult pupil for a week in a bid to save them from borstal.
For someone who spent his teens in borstal, and a couple of weeks in the 1980s in Pentonville prison for smashing up a bar in Soho, Allen is now an abstemious sort of hellraiser.
It acts more like a housemaster in a progressive borstal.
At the centre is the 17-year-old apprentice welder Del, who disrupts the monotony of life with petty theft and fighting and hero-worships the eponymous borstal fugitive (Sam Shepherd).
I was in the borstal system as a youngster – breaking and entry.
The alliterative reference to “borstal”, a home for youthful criminal offenders in England, undercuts your credibility.
When he was in borstal, she would travel miles, without a car, to see him.
And the streets, perhaps inevitably, led to petty, and then not-so-petty crime, borstal and then jail.