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reform school

noun
1.
reformatory (def 2).
Origin of reform school
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60
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  • He had been in the reform school over a year, but it had not reformed him.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • It was at this point that the court decided to send him to the reform school.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Your father is a cussed fool that he dont send you to the reform school.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • They want to send me to a reform school to get rid of me, and locked me up.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • The first reform school I went to reformed me, all right—formed me into a crook.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • It may send them to the reform school at Mayaguez, in case they are boys.

  • She'll send you to jail and to reform school and you'll be sad and unhappy all your life.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
  • I gave it to Margaret with the names of some boys from the reform school.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • I must be off, or I shall get an on in the reform school for this.

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