barrage balloon

noun

Definition of barrage balloon 

: a small captive balloon used to support wires or nets as protection against air attacks

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The barrage balloons are going up all along the Corniche. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance," 31 Mar. 2018 There’s no combat action in Mr. Boorman’s film, only such apparitions as barrage balloons floating in the sky and a Luftwaffe pilot parachuting into a suburban garden. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Journey’s End’ Review: A Small Beauty About the Great War," 15 Mar. 2018

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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