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noun drill pronunciation in British English /drɪl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a tool used for making a hole in something. A drill that uses electricity is called an electric drill and a drill that works when you turn a handle is called a hand drill

    the sound of a dentist’s drill

  2. 2
    [countable] a way of teaching people something by making them repeat it several times
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a way of training people so that they know what to do when there is an emergency

    a fire drill

  4. 5
    [countable/uncountable] a type of strong cotton cloth
  5. 6
    [countable] a line in the earth in which seeds are planted
  6. 7

    the drill

    old-fashioned the correct or usual way of doing something

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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