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noun

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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Origin of fire drill

First recorded in 1890–95
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fire drill

noun

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