fire escape


Definition of fire escape

: a device for escape from a burning building especially : a metal stairway attached to the outside of a building

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Make a fire escape plan and practice it regularly with all of your family members. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No, Water Won't Put Out a Grease Fire, But This Will," 20 Nov. 2018 Up’s Charlie and Harper accidentally fall into a slow dance and then painstakingly drag a pizza up a New York fire escape. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why romantic comedies matter," 29 Aug. 2018 For safety reasons and lack of professional skills, this toss came from the fourth floor fire escape down to the parking lot below. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Tribune sports editors reenact historic Tribune Tower baseball drop," 8 June 2018 Officers saw the suspect climb onto a fire escape at 400 Boylston St. and then enter the building through a second-floor window, police said. Emily Sweeney,, "K-9 helps nab man seen breaking into buildings on Boylston Street," 16 Apr. 2018 The weaponized silliness results in some painful pratfalls, including one character’s plunge from an apartment fire escape and, later, having a thermos of hot coffee thrown in his face. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "A game cast makes good-natured ‘Tag’ a fun time," 14 June 2018 Not all urban critters are provoked into clambering up our fire escapes and rooting through refuse when humans come to call. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Thirty-six people died in the building, which was cluttered and had no fire escapes or sprinklers. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland native’s festival feels like the Town," 14 June 2018 Mourning doves would build nests on fire escapes warped and melted by the blast. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of fire escape

1725, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fire escape

: a stairway or ladder that can be used to escape from a burning building

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Kids Definition of fire escape

: a stairway that provides a way of escape from a building in case of fire

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