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fire escape

an apparatus or structure used to escape from a burning building, as a metal stairway down an outside wall.
Origin of fire escape
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She was aware that it was raining, for the fire-escape outside shone wet in the light from a window across the narrow court.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • The arrow pointing to the fire-escape seemed full of menace.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • Then he explained how the fire-escape only paid Miss Ellis fifty dollars a day, whereas he was making hundreds.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • Like some of those in the shipwreck, she did not at first believe in the fire-escape.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • He and Susan went up to his room, raised the flooring, cut through the ceiling, and with the fire-escape rope dropped below.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • He waited not for a reply, but in another moment was on the fire-escape.

    Fighting the Flames R.M. Ballantyne
  • Why didn't you tell them that you had seen me coming down that fire-escape?

    The Mark of the Knife Clayton H. Ernst
  • Now,” said Orme, “I am going to use your fire-escape for a little while.

    The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
  • It was the end of a fire-escape, and a fireman rose out of the smoke just in front of him, seized the child, and handed it down.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • It goes down the fire-escape and stays about half an hour, and then comes back.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for fire-escape

fire escape

a means of evacuating people from a building in the event of fire, esp a metal staircase outside the building
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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