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reform school

reformatory (def 2).
Origin of reform school
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The dumpy one is Waddy Walsh, the bad egg, who was sent to the reform school three years ago.

  • It was at this point that the court decided to send him to the reform school.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • If he should write a letter home to-day some reform school officer would be inquiring at the camp for him day after to-morrow.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • He had been in the reform school over a year, but it had not reformed him.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • 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
  • Owen was a really tolerable boy, and bade fair to keep out of the reform school.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • The first reform school I went to reformed me, all right—formed me into a crook.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • A year ago, at the reform school, he had hated this work; now, he enjoyed it.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo

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