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.
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Origin of work camp
First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for work camp
a camp set up for young people who voluntarily do manual work on a worthwhile project
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