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spring training

noun
  1. a program of physical exercise, practice, and exhibition games followed by a baseball team in the late winter and early spring, before the start of the regular season.
  2. the period during which such a program takes place, usually from the beginning of March until the middle of April.
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Origin of spring training

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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