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work camp

a camp for prisoners sentenced to labor, especially to outdoor labor such as roadbuilding or farming.
a volunteer project in which members of a church, service organization, etc., work together in aid of some worthy cause.
Origin of work camp
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The work camp is much the older, dating back to the building of railroads and the opening of lumber districts.

  • Hardly a night passes without trouble at a work camp or a transmitter station.

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British Dictionary definitions for work camp

work camp

a camp set up for young people who voluntarily do manual work on a worthwhile project
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