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fire escape

n.
A structure or device, such as an outside stairway attached to a building, erected for emergency exit in the event of fire.

fire escape

n
(Building) a means of evacuating people from a building in the event of fire, esp a metal staircase outside the building

fire′ escape`


n.
a metal stairway down an outside wall for escaping from a burning building.
[1670–80]
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Noun1.fire escape - a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergencyfire escape - a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency
staircase, stairway - a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
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He felt, so to speak, renewed; again the struggle, so a means of escape had come.
But since wishes could do me no good, I presently took courage and looked about me for a means of escape.
Until this moment I had looked upon the valley as my grave, for I had seen no possibility of getting out of it alive, but now I took courage and began to devise a means of escape.
But in spite of him, and even in spite of myself, I continued to think, and to think about the injustice of my enslavement, and the means of escape.
It has been above all the recreation of statesmen and great officials, a means of escape from the weariness of public life and the burden of ruling.
But I had a means of escape that reconciled everything--that was to find refuge in "the sublime and the beautiful," in dreams, of course.
That may be all true, but I never saw but three of them asleep, and it was the sight of these three that gave me a suggestion for our means of escape.
The captive who was the source of so much alarm to the cardinal and whose means of escape disturbed the repose of the whole court, was wholly unconscious of the terror he caused at the Palais Royal.
He had therefore bristled up at Boxtel's hatred, whom he had suspected to be a warm friend of the prisoner, making trifling inquiries to contrive with the more certainty some means of escape for him.
Stand up, Isaac, and hearken to me,'' said the Palmer, who viewed the extremity of his distress with a compassion in which contempt was largely mingled; ``you have cause for your terror, considering how your brethren have been used, in order to extort from them their hoards, both by princes and nobles; but stand up, I say, and I will point out to you the means of escape.
But they knew now that there was a means of escape and so waited patiently until the path appeared for the second time.
Jekyll, whom he had long so unworthily repaid for a thousand generosities, need labour under no alarm for his safety, as he had means of escape on which he placed a sure dependence.