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buck′et brigade`(n.)

  1. a line of persons formed to extinguish a fire by passing along buckets of water.

Origin of bucket brigade:

1910–15

Wiktionary

  1. bucket brigade(Noun)

    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.

  2. bucket brigade(Noun)

    By extension, any process in which something is passed along a chain.

Freebase

  1. Bucket brigade

    A bucket brigade or human chain is a method for transporting items where items are passed from one stationary person to the next. The method was important in firefighting before the advent of hand pumped fire engines, whereby firefighters would pass buckets to each other to extinguish a blaze. A famous example of this is the Union Fire Company. This technique is still common where using machines to move water, supplies, or other items would be impractical. The method is applicable only if the number of participants is sufficient compared to the distance to cross.

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