Meaning of “fire drill” in the English Dictionary

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"fire drill" in British English

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fire drillnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪə ˌdrɪl/ us /ˈfaɪr ˌdrɪl/

Examples from literature

  • Every now and then a notice would be found posted up on the board to the effect that there would be fire drill during the dinner hour that day. 
  • Fortunately the same efficient fire drill instituted by the forewoman on the floor where Ruth and Alice had been prevailed in other parts of the building, and not a life was lost, though there were many narrow escapes. 
  • It was a matter for self-congratulation among them that Mr. Downing had never been able to induce the headmaster to allow the alarm bell to be sounded for fire drill at night. 
  • Ship-abandon and fire drills were a daily feature of life aboard. 
  • You children can pretend it is like the fire drill you have at school. 

(Definition of “fire drill” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fire drill" in American English

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fire drillnoun [ C ]

/ˈfɑɪər ˌdrɪl/

an occasion when people practice what they must do to leave a burning building safely

(Definition of “fire drill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fire drill" in Business English

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fire drillnoun [ C ]

uk us UK also fire practice

WORKPLACE a situation in which people practise what they must do in order to leave a building safely if there is a fire:

Inspectors found shortcomings in fire drills and the testing of alarms and extinguishers.

(Definition of “fire drill” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)