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

Examples of bucket brigade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Desperate locals have dug 60 feet down into a dry river bed in search of water, passing the murky mix up in a bucket brigade to a trough where herders wait with thirsty cattle. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Coloring stations, spray down, tug of war and bucket brigade, food and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 Each spring on the brushy banks of the San Juan River, a bucket brigade assembles twice daily. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 When an apartment building was shelled on March 17, residents formed a bucket brigade to the fifth floor to put out the fire. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Bogaard said crews capture and move 20% to 25% of the razorback suckers that get trapped below the waterfall each year, meaning most fish don’t benefit from the bucket brigade. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 The biggest change has been the bucket brigade of offensive support for scoring anchor Matt Bradley. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 Clad in bell bottoms, a t-shirt and sandals, Moody began a bucket brigade as 40 friends pounded sledgehammers into the basement floor to expand the basement. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 Cabinet members held a series of briefings to describe efforts to get freight trains, trucks and more ships into what amounted to a complex bucket brigade to bring fuel up the East Coast. New York Times, 12 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bucket brigade

1899, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2022

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“Bucket brigade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucket%20brigade. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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