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fire drill

a practice drill for a company of firefighters, the crew of a ship, etc., to train them in their duties in case of fire.
a drill for pupils in a school, employees in a factory, etc., to train them in the manner of exit to be followed in case of fire.
Origin of fire drill
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They all lined up and practiced the fire drill, and because Bobby Miller was talking, they had to practice it another time.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
  • At no time had there been a fire drill by the employes of the theater.

  • Baartock quickly gathered up his fire drill and he and Mrs. Jackson hurried after the class.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
  • This was the origin of the Sukan, or fire drill, and ever after the man had fire in his house.

    Folk-lore in Borneo William Henry Furness
  • fire drill and abandon ship at three bells in the afternoon.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • Ordinarily the girls of Central High were perfect in fire drill.

    The Girls of Central High Gertrude W. Morrison
  • He had been unhappy ever since he had fallen over when the fire drill bell sounded.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
British Dictionary definitions for fire drill

fire drill

a rehearsal of duties or escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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