reform school
noun Date: circa 1859 a reformatory for boys or girls

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  • Reform school — Reform Re*form , n. [F. r[ e]forme.] Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government. [1913 Webster] {Civil service reform}. See under {Civil}. {Reform acts} (Eng.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reform school — n: a reformatory for boys or girls Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. reform school …   Law dictionary

  • reform school — reform′ school n. reformatory 2) • Etymology: 1855–60, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • reform school — ☆ reform school n. REFORMATORY (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • Reform school — A reform school in the United States was a term used to define, often somewhat euphemistically, what was often essentially a penal institution for boys, generally teenagers.HistorySocial reformers in America in the late 19th and early 20th… …   Wikipedia

  • reform school — re form school n AmE a special school where young people who have broken the law are sent ▪ If you re not careful, you ll end up in reform school …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reform school — Synonyms and related words: POW camp, bastille, black hole, borstal, borstal institution, borstal school, bridewell, brig, cell, concentration camp, condemned cell, death cell, death house, death row, detention camp, federal prison, forced labor… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • reform school — re form ,school noun count AMERICAN OLD FASHIONED a place where young people are sent to live when they have committed a crime …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • reform school — An institution, commonly known in modern times as an industrial school, for the reception and care of wayward, incorrigible, or vicious youths, male or female, and to a certain extent, in some jurisdictions, of youths whose parents are incapable… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • reform school — noun correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders • Syn: ↑reformatory, ↑training school • Derivationally related forms: ↑reformatory (for: ↑reformatory) • Hyper …   Useful english dictionary

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