fire drill


Definition of fire drill

: a practice drill in extinguishing fires or in the conduct and manner of exit in case of fire

Examples of fire drill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When security guard Zafir Ansari rescues academic Danika Brown from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, the video of their smoldering escape goes viral. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: June romances embrace the inherent sexiness of faking it," 30 June 2020 Nor did the facility participate in any community drills or exercises in recent years other than fire drills, Welch and Brennan agreed. ProPublica, "Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.," 31 May 2020 This week’s fire drill — the year’s last — was sparsely attended. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "In Protesting Climate Change, Jane Fonda Brings Hollywood to Washington," 28 Dec. 2019 There have been fire drills, comparable to the scenario in which McClay or someone else loses their internet connection, to anticipate glitches and find solutions. David Moore, Dallas News, "Inside the issues an all-virtual NFL draft presents for the Dallas Cowboys and their preparation for them," 18 Apr. 2020 Pitino started driving over from Louisville to watch Langford play, and New Albany's principal bumped into Kentucky Coach John Calipari one day during a fire drill. Will Hobson,, "Before this hoops recruit chose Indiana, Adidas made sure he stayed under its tent," 16 May 2018 Like all schools in New Jersey, the center must have one fire drill and one security drill monthly, including lockdowns and evacuations. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In Era of School Shootings, the Most Vulnerable Students Must Prep for the Worst," 21 Oct. 2018 The plan involves a fake fire drill and yearbook photos, too. Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY, "It's been a heckuva week. Chin up, readers. We found some good news.," 7 Feb. 2020 Defining objectives Lockdown drills, like fire drills, should help people respond correctly in emergency situations by making them practice. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Schools should heed calls to do lockdown drills without traumatizing kids instead of abolishing them," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fire drill

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire drill was in 1861

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“Fire drill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire drill

: an activity in which people practice leaving a place quickly so that they will know what to do if there is a fire

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Kids Definition of fire drill

: a practice drill in getting out of a building in case of fire

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