Where does the saying “to put one through a course of sprouts” come from and What does it mean?

The saying “to put one through a course of sprouts” means to give one a thorough and disciplined course of training, or, by extension, to give one a grueling examination.

What the source may have been cannot now be determined, though the Americanism is not much more than a hundred years old.

The “sprouts” could have been children, and the “course of sprouts” could have indicated a severe course of instruction.

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