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fire drill

  1. a practice drill for a company of firefighters, the crew of a ship, etc., to train them in their duties in case of fire.
  2. 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.
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Origin of fire drill

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for fire drill

Historical Examples

  • An exercise to which the greatest attention was given was the "fire-drill."

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • With the fur packs we had lost also our fire-drill and socket piece.

    With the Indians in the Rockies

    James Willard Schultz

  • I think I will be able to get a model of the fire-drill made in a while.

  • Once every three months there is a fire-drill with the inside line of mains.

    An Unsinkable Titanic

    John Bernard Walker

  • I hadn't been schooling him in the fire-drill for fifteen years in vain.

    The Deluge

    David Graham Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for fire drill

fire drill

  1. a rehearsal of duties or escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
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