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reform school

re•form•a•to•ry

(rɪˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i)

adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. serving or designed to reform.
n.
2. Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, esp. minors.
[1580–90; < Latin refōrmā(re) to reform + -tory1, -tory2]

reform school

a reformatory
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reform school - correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offendersreform school - correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
borstal - formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
correctional institution - a penal institution maintained by the government
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An' her with seven, an' two of 'em in reform school," the girl at the next board sniffed sympathetic agreement.
I traded for postage-stamps, for minerals, for curios, for birds' eggs, for marbles (I had a more magnificent collection of agates than I have ever seen any boy possess--and the nucleus of the collection was a handful worth at least three dollars, which I had kept as security for twenty cents I loaned to a messenger-boy who was sent to reform school before he could redeem them).
As a member of bully reform school, where the kids are mean and the teachers even meaner, Ian is trying to blend in - but he and his two friends need more than a quiet countenance if they are to make it from reform school to middle school.
The reform school is not so much a theory of health care policy as one of health care politics: Because Obamacare is already the law of the land, and industry players and state governments have organized themselves around it, opponents have to accept it as, at the very least, a starting point.
After an incident involving their unspeakably awful nanny, a bowl of lumpy gravy, and some very lively tadpoles, the brother and sister find themselves dumped outside the gates of the mysterious Witherwood Reform School.
UNBROKEN (15) AS a boy, Louis (Jack O'Connell) narrowly avoids reform school and his older brother Pete, a star of the school athletics team, decides to channel his sibling's energy and aggression into running.
Reform school drama: The film poster from Children On Trial.
Researchers from the Institute of Fiscal studies say the government's plan to reform school funding will leave some schS ools worse off and others with more money.
He is sent to Monstrum House a kind of reform school for badly behaved children.
The 19th-century hand-carved pipe is believed to be one of the first pipes used to convey water from Lake Chauncy to the former Westboro Reform School on Lyman Street.
It was only after some lengthy searching that I finally discovered he was living at the Birkdale Farm Industrial Reform School for Catholic Boys.
A Kid from Pittsburgh: A baptism of fire from reform school to World War II