fire drill

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A fire drill (fire starting device).

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fire drill (plural fire drills)

  1. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) 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 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;

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