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bucket brigade

  1. a line of persons formed to extinguish a fire by passing on buckets of water quickly from a distant source.
  2. any group of persons who cooperate to help cope with an emergency.
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Origin of bucket brigade

First recorded in 1910–15
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Historical Examples

  • Dont you want to be introduced to our bucket-brigade washroom?

    The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong

    Lillian Garis

  • 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.