fire drill


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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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,, "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 Nobody could remember seeing a fire drill on the schedule. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Santa Fe High's disastrous year: From devastating floods to tragic school shooting," 22 May 2018 Individual practices being in place: We are required to have a fire drill in schools once a month., "Read a transcript of President Trump’s Thursday meeting on gun violence," 22 Feb. 2018 School leaders should also address conflicting directions between a fire drill and lockdown drill so that students and staff know what to do in the event of a fire alarm during a lockdown, the committee wrote. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD security panel opts against metal detectors, armed teachers," 12 July 2018 The hospital was cited twice, in 2015 and again in 2017, for problems with the sprinkler system, fire alarms and fire drills. Washington Post, "US: Care lacking at troubled Washington psychiatric hospital," 27 June 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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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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