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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- work back,
- work both sides of the street,
- work ethic,
- work expands to fill the time available for its completion,
- work farm,
- work force,
- work function
Origin of work camp
First recorded in 1930–35
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a camp set up for young people who voluntarily do manual work on a worthwhile project
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