fire drill

noun

Definition of fire drill 

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

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There are other requirements around health and gym classes, guidance counselors, and fire drills and emergency preparedness. Katie Honan, WSJ, "State Issues New Curriculum Guidelines in Wake of Yeshiva Probe," 20 Nov. 2018 It might best be described as the day care's normal fire drill procedures on steroids. Good Housekeeping, "7 Things Lazy Parents Aren't Doing to Keep Their Kids Safe," 14 Apr. 2016 The director of the facility talked about fire drills and locking doors. Good Housekeeping, "7 Things Lazy Parents Aren't Doing to Keep Their Kids Safe," 14 Apr. 2016 During our visit to the Dewey, the crew performed a series of live-fire drills, where the sailors discharged short-range 50-caliber guns, a long-range 5-inch gun, and two other machine guns. Ivan Watson And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "Destroyer with a history shows US flag in Pacific," 1 Apr. 2018 The loss of a fighter jet at the start of the live-fire drills is embarrassing for Taipei, which holds the exercises to demonstrate the defense capabilities of its military. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Taiwan F-16 fighter jet crashes during military drills simulating Chinese attack," 4 June 2018 The exercise that draws the most ire from North Korea comes each spring - known as Foal Eagle - when large live fire drills are held. Fox News, "Pentagon expected to cancel August military exercise with South Korea, senior administration official says," 13 June 2018 The headline-loving sheriff and enthusiastic supporter of President Trump said schools need fewer fire drills and more armed teachers or guards in schools. Carl Weiser, Cincinnati.com, "Florida school shooting: Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones calls for more armed guards in schools," 16 Feb. 2018 So much of life is running like a fire drill from one thing to another. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "A Celebrity Dermatologist’s Science-Based Skin-Care Routine," 12 July 2018

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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

noun

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

fire drill

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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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