bucket brigade

noun

Definition of bucket brigade 

: a chain of persons acting to put out a fire by passing buckets of water from hand to hand

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If Facebook’s worst posts resemble dumpster fires, these three lead the bucket brigade. Michal Lev-ram, Fortune, "Facebook's Fix-It Team," 22 May 2018 In a video recorded Thursday by a Carnival Dream passenger, crew members formed a bucket brigade and waded through ankle-deep water in one soaked hallway. CBS News, "Carnival cruise water line break floods dozens of rooms," 7 May 2018 The Egyptians, thousands of years ago, watered some pretty barren hillsides with a six mile bucket brigade. David Sarasohn, The New Republic, "Antelope’s Last Stand," 12 Apr. 2018 The bucket brigade saved it and the century-old one-room schoolhouse next door, but not Chapin House. New York Times, "When Lightning Strikes Back," 4 Mar. 2018 About 50 islanders and park rangers, forming a bucket brigade, needed five hours to put out the fire. New York Times, "When Lightning Strikes Back," 4 Mar. 2018 Almost 250,000 buildings collapsed and 10 years’ worth of fires erupted in three days, requiring massive outside firefighting help and even bucket brigades to tackle the blazes. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Japan's 1995 earthquake offers disaster lessons for today," 3 Feb. 2018 Soon, Lincoln was helping with a bucket brigade from Lake Michigan to the warehouse, according to news reports at the time. Jim Newton, chicagotribune.com, "'Honest Abe' to keep watch over Lake County Courthouse," 1 Nov. 2017 In the Condesa neighborhood, hundreds of volunteers laid out blankets for survivors Tuesday night and formed bucket brigades to pass water into the disaster zone. Eric Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Hushed Crews Listen for Survivors After Mexico Earthquake Toll Tops 200," 20 Sep. 2017

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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