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.
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How to use fire drill in a sentence
During corporate fire drills, when his colleagues are freaking out, he shows calm and equanimity.
In recent months, Beijing has ramped up live fire drills and naval and air sorties around Taiwan.The Retreat from Afghanistan Has Made America's Allies Nervous. None More So Than Taiwan | Charlie Campbell / Shanghai | September 3, 2021 | Time
A frightening fire drill forced a teen to see her school through a disabled friend’s eyes.How America failed students with disabilities during the pandemic | Hannah Natanson, Valerie Strauss, Katherine Frey | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
John Fitzgerald, whose son Danny Fitzgerald has Down syndrome and attends Wootton, describes learning about the fire drill route and the need to address other access issues within the county’s schools from Contreras.
As Catherine Contreras tells it, a fire drill changed how she saw her school.
A few minutes after Christie finished up, it looked like there had been a fire drill in the ballroom.Sympathy for the Devils: Scenes From the Social Conservative Collapse | Olivia Nuzzi | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather, he was in “fire drill mode” preparing his slate of TV shows.Hollywood Chief Joins Bryan Singer in Bid to Dismiss Sex Case | Tim Teeman | May 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They must have worked, because later generations remember being made to practice a fire drill with them.The Real Downton Abbey: Juiciest Bits From 'The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle' | Tom Sykes | January 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Ah, my good fire-drill; I have forgotten it," he exclaimed, remembering that he had left it behind.A Treasury of Eskimo Tales | Clara Kern Bayliss
The old grain passes, the new grain sprouts, the round of woods for the fire-drill is ended in one year.The Sayings Of Confucius | Confucius
Ordinarily the girls of Central High were perfect in fire drill.The Girls of Central High | Gertrude W. Morrison
A little while after, Fire-drill's son and the wolf went away together.The Strange Story Book | Mrs. Andrew Lang
We feverishly awaited the threatened alarm and the fire drill that was to follow.Back at School with the Tucker Twins | Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for fire drill
a rehearsal of duties or escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
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