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“fire escape” in English

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fire escapenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪər ɪˌskeɪp/ us /ˈfaɪr ɪˌskeɪp/

Examples from literature

  • By using the fire escape of the building next door to the flat house, Nick got to the roof. 
  • His first impulse was to descend the fire escapes in turn and look below for further trace of her going. 
  • Then the two boys rushed to the balcony on which their front windows opened, and whence the fire escapes led down to the streets. 
  • We must try the fire escape! shouted Mark. 
  • Without a word, she ran to the open window and jumped out on the fire escape. 

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

“fire escape” in American English

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fire escapenoun [ C ]

/ˈfɑɪər ɪˌskeɪp/

a set of metal stairs on the outside of a building that allows people to leave a burning building

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

“fire escape” in Business English

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fire escapenoun [ C ]

uk us

WORKPLACE a set of metal stairs, especially on the outside of a building, that allows people to escape if there is a fire:

After the fire, the building's owner installed a fire escape, with a ladder to the roof and another to the street.

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