fire drill

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A fire drill (fire starting device).


fire drill (plural fire drills)

  1. An organized practice to prepare occupants of an office, school or other public building for evacuation in the event of a fire.
  2. (idiomatic, US) Any pointless, unproductive, useless, or chaotic activity.
    Since they've changed the standards again, our previous efforts now just amount to a fire drill.
  3. A fire starting tool consisting of a wooden rod and an some primitive means of rapidly rotating the rod on a flat surface like a drill until tinder can be ignited.
    • 1999, Paul Douglas Campbell, Survival Skills of Native California, →ISBN, page 4:
      There is no machine on earth so potent, yet so simple and elegant, as the two sticks of the Native American fire drill;



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