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Meaning of obstacle course

ob'stacle course"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a military training area having obstacles, as hurdles, ditches, and walls, that must be surmounted or crossed in succession.
  2. an event, situation, course of action, or the like that presents many challenges or difficulties.
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