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obstacle race

a foot race in which the contestants are prevented in a specific way from covering the full course at top speed, as by having hurdles to jump, sacks enclosing the legs, or potatoes to pick up.
Origin of obstacle race
First recorded in 1865-70
Related forms
obstacle racer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In and out of sacks, over barrels, through wirefences, obstacle race.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • On the whole the girls voted the obstacle race the best fun.

  • The manœuvre developed into a kind of obstacle race, with death on every side.

    Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery
  • The waves are sorted out according to their lengths in the "obstacle race" through the glass.

  • It was his appearance, no doubt, which suggested to Kitty the absolutely fiendish idea of an obstacle race for veterans.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Wherefore let the seal perpetuate his race—his obstacle race, as one might say, seeing him flounder and flop.

  • Considering the fact that this was an obstacle race of an exceedingly unusual type, the Mystery Lady made wonderful progress.

    The Crimson Thread

    Roy J. Snell
  • He shall have an obstacle race as well, put in Peter lavishly; running just inside my Outer Circle radius.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • While the large dining-room was being prepared for an obstacle race cock-fighting held sway.

  • She is running an obstacle race in which the silken garments of Bushido are likely to suffer considerable wear and tear.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
British Dictionary definitions for obstacle race

obstacle race

a race in which competitors have to negotiate various obstacles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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