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drill (someone) (with questions)

To intensely or vigorously interrogate someone. My parents wouldn't stop drilling me with questions as I was heading out the door—I thought I'd never be able to leave! Would you stop drilling me? I don't know where he is!
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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.
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drill bit

The pointed part of a drill that bores a hole into the surface or material being drilled. I think we'll need a different size drill bit to make a bigger hole in this wood.
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drill down

1. To bore a hole down into something; to drill in a downward direction. Unfortunately, we need to drill down into the ground to try to find the burst pipe.
2. To examine or study something in detail. OK, how can I drill down and get more information on each payee on this spreadsheet?
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drill in(to) (someone or something)

1. Literally, to bore into or pierce something. Unfortunately, we need to drill into the ground to try to find the burst pipe.
2. To teach something through repetition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "drill" and "in." When I was a kid, the times tables were simply drilled into us.
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know the drill

To be familiar with what happens or what needs to be done, without having to be told. OK, everyone, you know the drill! Stand beside your bunks and do not speak unless spoken to. The boss usually goes off on a tirade like this every week or so, but we all know the drill at this point—it's just a big show.
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no names, no pack drill

If no names or specific details are mentioned, then no punishment or blame can be administered. There is a group of employees—no names, no pack drills—who figured out a way to manipulate the company's overtime policy. No names, no pack drills, but certain other candidates have been using taxpayers' money to fund personal trips and expenses.
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drill down (to something)

to bore downward to something or some distance. We drilled down to a layer of waterbearing sand, hoping to make a well. They had to drill down to bedrock to make a base for the piers that hold the building up.
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drill in (to something)

to bore into or penetrate something. The worker drilled into the wall in three places. Please don't drill into the wall here, where it will show.
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drill someone in something

to give someone practice in something. Now, I am going to drill you in irregular verbs. The teacher drilled the students in the use of the passive.
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drill something into someone or something

 and drill something in
Fig. to force knowledge into someone or something Learn this stuff! Drill it into your brain. Drill in this information so you know it by heart!
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What's the drill?

1. Inf. What is going on here? Bill: I just came in. What's the drill? Tom: We have to carry all this stuff out to the truck. "What's the drill?" asked Mary. "Why are all these people sitting around like this?"
2. Inf. What are the rules and procedures for doing this? Bill: I need to apply for new license plates. What's the drill? Is there a lot of paperwork? Clerk: Yes, there is. Bill: I have to get my computer repaired. Who do I talk to? What's the drill? Bob: You have to get a purchase order from Fred.

no names, no pack drill

punishment or blame cannot be meted out if names and details are not mentioned.
Pack drill is a form of military punishment in which an offender has to perform parade-ground exercises while carrying a heavy pack. This early 20th-century expression is often used as an aside to recommend reticence about a particular subject.
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drill into

1. To penetrate some surface by boring: The geologist drilled into the Earth's crust.
2. To teach or inculcate something to someone by constant, intense repetition: The teacher drilled the multiplication tables into the bored students. The teacher tried to drill into our heads the capital of every country.
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blanket drill

n. a night’s sleep; sleep. (Military.) Fred is still on blanket drill. He’s in for it.
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Chinese fire drill

A politically incorrect term for chaos. The phrase supposedly originated in the early 1900s. A ship with British officers and a Chinese crew practiced an engine room fire drill. The bucket brigade drew water from the ship's starboard side, carried it to the engine room, and simulated throwing it on the “fire.” Another crew carried the buckets to the main deck and threw the water over the port side. But when orders became confused in translation, the bucket brigade started to draw the water from the starboard side, run over to the port side, and then throw the water overboard, bypassing the engine room completely. A 1960s stunt was for a carload of teenagers of college students to stop at a red light, whereupon at the command “Chinese fire drill,” driver and passengers got out, ran around the car, and returned to their original seats. The same idea is sometimes heard as the equally politically incorrect “Chinese square dance.”
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short arms inspection

Military inspection for venereal diseases. Beginning with World War II, the military made visual determinations with regard to sexually transmitted diseases (primarily gonorrhea) through what was called a short arms inspection (or drill). Held early in the morning, men dressed in only their boots, helmet liners, and overcoat were summoned out of their barracks or bunks and ordered to line up. When indicated by the medical officer, each man opened his coat to bare his penis, which he then “milked” in a stripping motion to show whether there was any infectious discharge. The term distinguished between a man's governmentissued firearm and his own “short arm.” The inspection practice ended after the Vietnam conflict.
See also: arm, short
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The major drawback of closed-based agility drills is that they are compartmentalized.
Other options: Players 2 and 3 can also cross and come back (with player 1 in the middle) to repeat the drill in the other direction, or 2 and 3 can go back 2-on-1 against 1.
As a result of this ongoing evaluation, over 100 additional drill sites have been evaluated which the Company believes will lead to additional proved reserves as well as upside potential.
An underground drill has now been moved on site with drilling planned to commence shortly to test the potential of the Main Reef near the old mine workings on the Morro do Vento Extension area.
Nome Projects - 2 drill rigs to drill 10,000 meters (32,500 feet) of an in-fill and expansion program as part of the on-going Feasibility Level work.
Widely spaced deep Main Zone diamond drilling by Placer Dome in 1995 intersected the QK Zone structure from just beneath overburden to 150 metres depth with significant gold mineralization encountered in all of Placer Dome's drill holes.
In reviewing the logs for the 15 holes drilled in 2004, the most encouraging fact is the drill confirmation of a new zone of dominantly hematite mineralization in the upper portion of certain holes, with intercepts of 155 metres and 140 metres in holes number 44 and 45, respectively.
new deposits, with the objective of defining drill targets.
A recently completed interpretation report covering the various geophysical data sets and available geological information relating to the Longtom property recommends the execution of ground geophysics such as localized Induced Polarization/Resistivity (IP/Res) over selected portions of the high-amplitude gravity-magnetic anomalies, mapping, followed by a comprehensive 20- hole drill program, targeting high-priority areas.
The initial drilling is focused on the Boka 1 North area and drill hole BO2-01 was drilled at 246 degrees Azimuth to the west-southwest at -75 degrees to intersect the mineralized horizon in the vicinity of Tunnel PD-6 (see the Company's web site for location maps and core photos).
More than 30,000 metres of diamond drilling has been approved for these projects and six drills will be operational within the next 45 days.
The Donlin Creek Pre-Feasibility drill program was started in early April with two diamond core drills and one reverse circulation rotary drill (RVC) working on the property.
The real gem of the cruise was its successful testing of new drilling technologies, such as a 40,000-pound guide base that, when lowered onto the seafloor, enabled scientists to drill for the first time into bare rock.