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 The game-ending sack set off a 100,482-person fire drill at Ohio Stadium. John Canzano, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 On Tuesday morning, a group of about 50 middle school students approached the photobooth after a fire drill downtown. Clara Migoya, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 If something went wrong, an alarm as loud as a fire drill would sound. Neil Bedi, ProPublica, 7 Aug. 2021 John Fitzgerald, whose son Danny Fitzgerald has Down syndrome and attends Wootton, describes learning about the fire drill route and the need to address other access issues within the county’s schools from Contreras. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 Gen Xers only had to contend with the occasional fire drill. Townsend Belisle, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Then the live-fire drill — three offensive line starters tested positive for COVID-19 a week before the Michigan State game. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 But this fire drill prepares the immune system to quickly kick into action should the vaccinated person encounter the real coronavirus in the future. Megan Molteni, Wired, 25 Feb. 2021 It’s gone back and forth like some type of a fire drill. Dom Amore,, 4 Dec. 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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13 Sep 2021

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“Fire drill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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