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a foot in both camps
Some involvement with or support for two opposing sides. When my friends split up, I felt like I had a foot in both camps. I've worked with both teams, and I think they both have good ideas, so to be honest I have a foot in both camps. You're either our ally or our enemy—you can't have a foot in both camps!
1. A camp where military recruits are rigorously trained in combat, physical fitness, military drills, etc. The military always sounded like a romantic career, but boot camp nearly killed me!
2. A training camp for juvenile offenders or troublesome adolescents modeled after military basic training, meant to instill socially acceptable values and behaviors through rigorous disciplinary, physical, and psychological exercises. Our son was out of control for several years, but after he came back from boot camp, it was like he was a whole new person.
3. Any training camp or course that teaches by means of an intensive and immersive environment. I hear that the computer programming boot camp is full-on, but that you'll come away from it with comprehensive skills in the field.
To pack up one's belongings and leave a campsite. We need to break camp and head back to town before nightfall.
1. noun Something that is garish, over the top, and, often, outdated , usually humorously so. Sure, the play is just pure camp, but it's quite a romp.
2. adjective Exaggerated, racy, or tacky. I know your character is supposed to provide comic relief, but you don't have to add quite so much camp humor.
3. adjective Relating to homosexuality. I highly doubt that every man who behaves in that camp manner is gay.
1. obsolete An empty bottle, due to its use as a candlestick in army camps. We found him passed out among myriad camp candlesticks.
2. obsolete A bayonet. He strapped his knife to his rifle as a sort of makeshift camp candlestick.
1. A civilian who follows a military unit from one location to the next, either because the person is closely related to a service member or to unofficially provide goods or services to members of the unit. Daniel spent his childhood as a camp follower. His father was in the army, so he and his mother had to move a lot.
2. A person who supports a group or cause without officially belonging to its organization. I always vote Republican, but I'm a camp follower—I'm registered as an Independent.
camp it up
1. To act in a campy (exaggerated, racy, or tacky) manner, often in a theatrical setting. I know your character is supposed to add comic relief, but you don't have to camp it up that much.
2. To act in an overly effeminate manner, as of a gay man. I highly doubt that every man who camps it up is gay.
1. To sleep outside recreationally; to camp, typically with a sleeping bag and tent. My little brother really wants to camp out for his birthday, so we're going to set up a tent in our back yard for him. I love hiking and camping out, but my boyfriend is not very outdoorsy.
2. To live in a place other than one home's temporarily, often in conditions that are not ideal. I'm camping out in my aunt's basement until I can move into my new apartment, so my roommates right now are a washer and dryer—and a few bugs.
camp out on (one's) doorstep
To station oneself temporarily in front of one's house. Usually used in reference to paparazzi or members of the media. News outlets have been camping out on our doorstep for the last three days after police named us as suspects in the case. Following the huge success of the film, the actress has had paparazzi camped out on her doorstep trying to get pictures of her and her family. Even if you camped out on the senator's doorstep, I doubt you'd be able to change his mind on this issue.
have a foot in both camps
To have some involvement with or support for two opposing sides. When my friends split up, I felt like I had a foot in both camps. I've worked with both teams, and I think they both have good ideas, so to be honest I have a foot in both camps.
in the boondocks
In a very distant or remote location, often one that lacks modern amenities. "Boondocks" comes from the Tagalog word bundok, meaning "mountain," and originated as US military slang. That place is all the way out in the boondocks—it'll take us hours to get there. Good luck getting a cell signal out here in the boondocks. I got tired of living in the boondocks, so I started renting an apartment right in the heart of the city.
See also: boondocks
keep a foot in both camps
To maintain involvement with or support for two opposing sides. When my friends split up, I felt like I had to keep a foot in both camps. I've worked with both teams, and I think they both have good ideas. I'd rather keep a foot in both camps than have to pick one over the other.
1. Literally, to set up everything one needs for a functioning campsite. This looks like a good spot to pitch camp. We'd better start pitching camp soon or we'll be doing it in the dark!
2. By extension, to settle into an area in which one plans to reside for a period of time. They pitched camp outside of the arena nearly 12 hours early to make sure they got great seats for the concert. The paparazzi have pitched camp outside of the actor's home, hoping to get pictures of his private life.
A location away from parents, typically in a rural area, where children, adolescents, or teenagers sleep overnight and then engage in various recreations during the day. We always send the kids to a sleepaway camp for a couple weeks during the summer. They love doing archery and horseback riding—and getting a break from us!
See also: camp
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to close down a campsite; to pack up and move on. Early this morning we broke camp and moved on northward. Okay, everyone. It's time to break camp. Take those tents down and fold them neatly.
camp it up
[for performers] to overact or behave in an affected manner. The cast began to camp it up in the second act, and the critics walked out. (Fixed order.) There is no need to camp it up. Play it the way it was written.
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.
*foot in both camps
Fig. an interest in or to support each of two opposing groups of people. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) The shop steward had been promised a promotion and so had a foot in both camps during the strike—workers and management. Mr. Smith has a foot in both camps in the parent-teacher dispute. He teaches math, but he has a son at the school.
*in the boondocksand *in the boonies
in a rural area; far away from a city or population. (*Typically: be ~; camp ~; live ~; stay ~.) Perry lives out in the boonies with his parents.
See also: boondocks
to set up or arrange a campsite. We pitched camp near the stream. Two campers went ahead of us to pitch camp while it was still light.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Take down a tent and pack up other gear; also, leave a place, move out. For example, The landlord has to return my rent deposit before I'll break camp. Originally camp denoted a military encampment, but by the mid-1500s the term had been transferred to temporary outdoor sites used by hunters and the like. By the 19th century, the current term was in use. Thus, "It is the hunter's rule to see that the fire is extinguished ... before breaking camp." (F.H. Guillemard, Cruise of Marchesa I, 1886).
1. A civilian who follows or settles near a military camp, especially a prostitute who does so. For example, The recruits were told not to associate with camp followers. [Early 1800s]
2. A person who sympathizes with a cause or group but does not join it. For example, She's only a camp follower so we can't count on her for a contribution.
camp it up
Make an extravagant, affected, or vulgar display, as in Amateur actors often camp it up, trying to be more dramatic. Originating in the 1950s as slang for flamboyant behavior stereotypically associated with gay men, this term began to be used more loosely by about 1970. Also see ham it up.
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.
foot in both camps, have a
Support or have good relations with two opposing sides. For example, He had a foot in both camps, making donations to candidates in both parties. In this expression camp alludes to encampments of enemy troops in a battle. [First half of 1900s]
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a camp follower
You call someone a camp follower when they follow or spend time with a particular person or group, either because they admire or support them, or because they hope to gain advantages from them. Brecht was surrounded by `camp-followers' — crowds of women who seemed to adore him. Even in my day as a player, we had our camp followers. Note: This expression is often used to show disapproval. Note: Originally, camp followers were civilians who travelled with an army and who made their living selling goods or services to the soldiers.
If someone pitches camp, they settle somewhere for a period. As the scandal broke, reporters pitched camp outside the family home in Faversham.
a foot in both camps
If someone has a foot in both camps, they support or belong to two different groups, often groups with different aims or opinions. With an Indian father and an English mother, she had a foot in both camps — or perhaps in neither. Note: You can also say that someone has a foot in each camp or one foot in each camp. Sagdeev is trying to promote a compromise because he has one foot in each camp. Note: In this expression, a camp is a place where an army has put up its tents during part of a war or battle.
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have a foot in both campshave an interest or stake in two parties or sides without commitment to either.
1992 Community Care As EWOs [Education Welfare Officers] we have a foot in both camps. We work with the children and their families and the school and bring the two together.
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have a foot in both ˈcamps(informal) be involved with two separate groups, etc. that have different ideas: She works in industry and at a university, so she’s got a foot in both camps.
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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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1. n. something cute and out of fashion; something of such an anachronistic style as to be intriguing. Nobody really knows what style camp really is, and very few even care.
2. and campy mod. overdone; out of fashion and intriguing. Most camp entertainment is pretentious and overdrawn.
3. mod. having to do with homosexual persons and matters. She is so camp, I could scream!
camp it up
1. tv. to overact. Can you make it a little more lively without camping it up?
2. tv. to overdo effeminacy; [for a homosexual male] to act too effeminate in public. John just loves to burst into the most sedate hotel in town and camp it up in the lobby.
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To pack up equipment and leave a campsite.
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A training camp involving rigorous exercise. The term is based on the training camp for recruits in the armed services, the new recruits being called “boots,” a name dating from World War I. The transfers of this name include a vigorous exercise program for women established by sports clubs, and a full-immersion boot camp to train actors for war movies, Warriors, Inc., established in 1984 by a retired Marine Corps captain, Dale Dye, who served in Vietnam. The term is on its way to clichédom.
One who follows a group without being part of it. The practice originated with the families of recruits, prostitutes, and traveling merchants, who would settle near a military encampment. Later it was extended to others who benefited from military installations. The term itself may come from a letter written by the duke of Wellington in 1810. In mid-twentieth-century America the camp followers of rock musicians and other entertainers, mostly young women who followed their idols on tour, acquired the name groupie, which then was extended to any ardent fan.
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