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Topic: OUTDOOR

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: camper, from camp; CAMP1. camp up 1900-2000 From CAMP3

camp

2 verb
     
camp2 [intransitive]
1DLO to set up a tent or shelter and stay there for a short time:
We'll camp by the river for the night, and move on tomorrow.
camping gear/equipment
camping gear such as a sleeping bag, tent, and backpack
2

go camping

DLO to visit an area, especially the mountains or a forest, and stay in a tent:
We went camping in the San Bernardino Mountains.

camp out

phrasal verb
1DLO to sleep outdoors, usually in a tent:
What he liked best about scouting was camping out.
2 to stay somewhere where you do not have all the usual things that a house has:
We'll just have to camp out until our furniture arrives.

camp something up

phrasal verb

camp it up

to deliberately use unnatural body or face movements, in a way that some people think is typical of a homosexual man
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