1. the effort to earn a diploma or college degree, esp. in law, or a professional certificate or license.
2. the writing of assignments and reports, collecting of supporting documents, filling out of forms, and other paperwork necessary to obtain a college degree or a professional certificate or license, apply for financial aid or a bank loan, etc.
3. See hare and hounds.
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