One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An upright wooden stake, pole, or column used for training, especially as a target for striking in combat practice.
1Military. A fort, camp, etc., at which soldiers or other members of the armed forces are trained.
2A job that prepares a person for a more senior or more specialized position; a traineeship.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Smith (1775–1839), writer and humorist. From training + post<br>mid 19th century. From training + post.
training post/ˈtreɪnɪŋ pəʊst/
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