- a line of persons formed to extinguish a fire by passing on buckets of water quickly from a distant source.
- any group of persons who cooperate to help cope with an emergency.
Origin of bucket brigade
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for bucket brigade
Dont you want to be introduced to our bucket-brigade washroom?The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong
As I watched, gaps appeared in the bucket-brigade as castmembers slipped away, faces burning scarlet with shame.
I got out of the Mansion and looked at the bucket-brigade, followed it to the front of the Hall.