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Chinese fire drill

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A situation or activity marked by confusion or disorder.
  • noun A prank in which the people riding in a car get out and change seats when stopped at a traffic light.

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  • noun A prank performed while stopped in a car at a red-light; each passenger (including the driver) shouts "Chinese fire drill", exits the vehicle, runs at least once around it, then re-enters, taking a different seat.
  • noun derogatory A silly, pointless exercise.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from earlier military slang Chinese, clumsy, inept (a derogatory epithet based on racist notions of Chinese inferiority), later reinforced by such derogatory expressions as Chinese ace, inept pilot (from a joke in which the phrase one wing low was interpreted as a Chinese name ).]

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Perhaps from the WWI era, from the British practice of using Chinese as a slur; now used only as a festive exclamation.

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