barbed wire

\ ˈbärb(d)-ˈwī(-ə)r How to pronounce barbed wire (audio) , ˈbäb(d)-\

Definition of barbed wire

: twisted wires armed with barbs or sharp points

called also barbwire

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That’s any type of arms—throwing stars, a light saber, a baseball bat with barbed wire. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Why Can’t Getting a Gun Be Like Getting a Driver’s License? A Conversation With NRA TV’s Colion Noir," 5 Apr. 2018 The troops assumed they were headed to the Western Front, a 450-mile stretch of trenches and barbed wire that ran between Switzerland and the North Sea. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 At the juvenile facility, there was a football field with a track around it — and no barbed wire on the walls. Samantha Melamed,, "Should Philly keep holding kids in its adult jails?," 5 June 2018 The Palestinians in the West Bank won't quietly accept their slow, relentless relegation to reservations hemmed in by walls and barbed wire. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "The dream of 'peace in our time' in the Middle East died on Monday," 14 May 2018 Rudian’s Eurydice tells him of her otherworldly journey to come to him — the cold, the dogs and the barbed wire that stretches everywhere. Cynthia Haven, New York Times, "Ismail Kadare Grapples With the Supernatural," 23 Feb. 2018 Hundreds of thousands of security forces deployed to guard voting centers, blocking their streets with trucks and barbed wire. NBC News, "Iraqis Vote in Critical Elections Amid Upsurge in Violence," 29 Apr. 2014 This is a series full of foreboding, suspense, and bloody battle sequences, all set against a slate gray landscape of misty downs, teeming with predators and studded with barbed wire. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Watership Down Is Not (Really) for Kids—And That’s a Good Thing," 22 Dec. 2018 Most of the migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S.-Mexico border. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Caravan migrants weigh options after court blocks Trump ban," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of barbed wire

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of barbed wire

: wire that has sharp points and that is often used for fences

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Kids Definition of barbed wire

: wire that has sharp points and is often used for fences

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