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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Stanley Forman’s 1975 photograph of 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones falling from a broken fire escape during a fire in Boston that prompted officials in Massachusetts to pass new laws on fire-safety. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "In news, when words fail, graphic and shocking photos often don't," 2 July 2019 The doors in the master closet are so glossy that the fire escape is reflected on them. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Darren Star’s New York Loft is Not What You Would Expect from the Sex and the City Creator," 16 Apr. 2019 Furthermore, Fischer pointed to a tragedy in a Harlem public housing building last month, in which four young children and two adults perished after a fire broke out and family members could not make their way to the fire escapes or hallways. Fox News, "'Billionaires' Row' New Yorkers continue fight against homeless shelter, accusing Mayor de Blasio of luring vulnerable into 'firetrap'," 6 June 2019 Man in New York killed by falling fire-escape piece: A man hit by a piece of fire escape that had fallen from a New York City building has died. Washington Post, "Rosalynn Carter resting after surgery," 7 Mar. 2018 This enormous work, some 22 feet tall and resembling an asymmetrical V on a base, is a cast of the negative space of a fire escape staircase. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "‘Rachel Whiteread’ Review: Where Memories Dwell," 2 Oct. 2018 Heady with pagan worship/of water towers/fire escapes, ever reaching/high as hope. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "‘I Never Thought I Would Talk About It.’ So Florence Welch Put It in a Song.," 14 June 2018 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

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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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