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fire drill

1. An organized evacuation of a building to prepare its occupants for the proper procedure in the event of an actual fire. Less than an hour after the school day began, the students were ushered out onto the lawn for a fire drill.
2. By extension, any event, activity, or situation that is useless, unproductive, or a complete waste of time. Usually used in business. The massive flop of the company's newest smartphone means that the huge amount of time and money they invested in it ultimately proved to be nothing but a fire drill.
3. Any unexpected, hurried, and particularly chaotic task, activity, event, or situation. Usually used in business. The boss dropped a fire drill in my lap at the last minute, saying I needed to write up a 15-page report for the board by the end of the hour.
See also: drill, fire
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TWO SIMPLE STEPS People can take two simple steps that can help save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
James Kemp, representing Mrs Robinson's family, asked Mrs Corner if she had ever participated in a fire drill.
Because of my boots, I was able to walk to the safety office after the fire drill was over, give my statement, have photos taken of my boot, and get reminded of how lucky I was.
Before receiving a training assignment, they must complete a general orientation, because all volunteers are required to know and understand the policies and procedures of the Hebrew Home, including how to dress appropriately, how to keep residents safe, and what to do in response to a fire drill.
KLIA also held a fire drill last month, and a simulated aircraft hijacking in 2001, reported The Associated Press.
A SUPERFERRY on a routine crossing will be the focus of a full-scale fire drill involving emergency services from both sides of the Irish Sea tomorrow afternoon.
We had just completed our fire drill for the session and sent campers back to their units and program areas and were making the notes on what was good and what needed to be changed.
During a fire drill, we practice getting out of the school building quickly and safely.
engaged in some sort of corporate Chinese fire drill.
In an effort to promote the importance of home fire escape plans, Liberty Mutual, with the support of local fire departments across the country, is presenting the first National Family Fire Drill Day on October 2, 2010.
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The Korean People's Army faxed the South Korean Navy's Second Fleet in the morning to notify the fleet about the fire drill in two border regions in the Yellow Sea, north of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), according to the report.
LANCASTER -- A parent's complaint about her autistic son being sent out in subfreezing weather without a coat during a fire drill has led the Dr.
Summary: ABU DHABI - The Emergency and Public Safety Department of Abu Dhabi Police recently carried out a successful mock fire drill at Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel.