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 rod and a bow which is used to rotate the rod on a flat surface like a drill until it is hot enough to start a fire.
    • 1999, Paul Douglas Campbell, Survival Skills of Native California, ISBN 0879059214, 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;