Definition of fire escape in US English:

fire escape


  • A staircase or other apparatus used for escaping from a building on fire.

    • ‘Her eyes soon caught sight of a fire escape that led to the top of the building.’
    • ‘There was a bookshelf with books stacked all over it and a few windows, one which had a fire escape next to it.’
    • ‘Joey placed an ax on his shoulder, then climbed the fire escape to the new roof.’
    • ‘Only a little light seeps in from the alley as Tom walks toward the fire escape.’
    • ‘They were near an overflowing dumpster, and a fire escape heading up into one of the buildings.’
    • ‘Part of the problem was the design of a fire escape at the back of the building.’
    • ‘He leapt back out onto the fire escape and decided to head for the roof and hope that he would be able to jump to a building.’
    • ‘As a result of Mr Kirby's complaint, two officers from York Fire Safety investigated the fire escape yesterday.’
    • ‘He suggested there should be a fire escape in addition to the main staircase.’
    • ‘He veered right and started frantically climbing the fire escape, only to feel a tug on his shirt.’
    • ‘It swung downward jerkily, allowing access from the ground and up onto the fire escape.’
    • ‘I heard the cops running up from behind me and ran and leapt onto a nearby fire escape and climbed to the roof.’
    • ‘The right side of the fire escape broke free from the brick building and swung down towards the street.’
    • ‘I climbed up to the first platform on the fire escape and turned around to see Tina still on the ground.’
    • ‘There is a lift service to the upper floors and a fire escape to the rear provides access to Anne's Lane and Dawson Street.’
    • ‘He walked over toward the stairs of the fire escape and tried pushing them down again but to no avail.’
    • ‘The Inspector scaled a fire escape at the back of the building, captured the bird and released it into the nearby river.’
    • ‘A few years ago, a family of mistle thrushes looking for somewhere to live chose the corner of a factory fire escape in Trafford Park.’
    • ‘He sighed as he leapt to the fire escape and climbed down the stairs.’
    • ‘He turned, glancing back at me to make sure I was following, and went over to the fire escape.’


fire escape

/ˈfī(ə)r əˈˌskāp//ˈfaɪ(ə)r əˈˌskeɪp/