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camp out

to live out of doors temporarily in a tent or camping vehicle, as on a vacation or special camping trip. I love to camp out in the winter.
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camp out

1. to live in the open air for a time, often in a tent When I was in high school, during the summer we would camp out at the lake.
2. to live in a place temporarily without many possessions The floods forced people from the city to camp out with relatives or even in public parks.
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camp out

Sleep outdoors; also, stay somewhere for an unusually long time. For example, "We camped out in a field this night" (George Washington, Journal, March 18, 1748). In the early 1900s, the expression was extended to figurative uses, meaning simply "to stay somewhere for an unusually long time," as in She camped out at the stage door, hoping for an autograph.
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camp out

v.
1. To sleep outdoors, usually in a tent: If the weather is nice, we should camp out on the mountain.
2. To reside at some place temporarily, especially under difficult conditions: I had to camp out in my cousin's living room until I found an apartment of my own.
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Also required is participation in at least one social event conducted by the "Y" designed specifically for teens, including dances, pool parties, pizza parties, camp outs, and days at the beach.
Summer: pool parties, camp outs, bike rides in the park and, oh yes, lots of itching and scratching.
The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of camp outs, merit badges and good deeds, and we want to hear from Scouts and former Scouts who'd like to share their favorite camping memories.
He also spent 15 years in the local YMCA's Indian Guides and Indian Princesses programs, where parents chaperone their children in camp outs and character-building projects.
Plans call for a deputy from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station to work Monday through Friday at the park, coaching youth sports activities, tutoring and leading hikes and overnight camp outs.