from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of people formed to fight a fire by passing buckets of water from a source to the fire.
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- n. A primitive firefighting technique, in which a long line of people pass buckets of water hand-to-hand from the nearest water source to the site of a fire, in an attempt to douse it.
- n. By extension, any process in which something is passed along a chain.
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Then Mike jumped off the boat up onto the wharf and bellowed at the top of his voice, so loud that they heard him clear inside the fort, so loud that the bucket brigade stopped long enough to listen.
And his poleboys standing around, watching the bucket brigade dipping into the river some thirty yards farther upstream.
Once again, we underwent the drill of packing, dragging, lugging, and finally forming a fire bucket brigade to get our obese duffel bags into our new home at Camp Ali Al Saleem.