Chinese fire drill

Chinese fire drill

noun Slang: Usually Offensive.
a state of chaotic, often clamorous disorder.

Origin:
probably earlier than 1960–65


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Main Entry:  Chinese fire drill1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a prank in which the passengers of a motor vehicle that is stopped at a stoplight, get out and run around the vehicle before returning to their seats
Main Entry:  Chinese fire drill2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any state of disorder or confusion
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