concertina wire


Definition of concertina wire

: a coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle

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President Trump, determined to stop immigration along the southern U.S. border, deployed in November some 5,000 troops, who strung concertina wire on parts of the tall steel fence that separates long stretches of the two countries. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Caravan’s Stymied Passage Leaves Migrant Issue Boiling," 28 Dec. 2018 Plans call for about 150 more miles of concertina wire placed mainly in the gaps between ports of entry. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "Pentagon: Several thousand more troops to the Mexico border," 29 Jan. 2019 Several teenagers, wrapped in heavy jackets, blankets and rubber mats, were also put over the concertina wire. Daniel Ochoa De Olza, The Seattle Times, "Border clash marks 2nd use of tear gas in just over a month," 2 Jan. 2019 For example, troops who conduct logistics and engineering work, such as carrying and installing concertina wire for security purposes, could be replaced by other kinds of troops who provide medical support, an official said. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "U.S. to Shift Some Troops, but Border Mission Will Last Until Dec. 15," 20 Nov. 2018 Most of the military work at the border fence has been limited to laying miles of concertina wire along the base of the fence or along the top in some areas. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Clashes With Democrats Over Spending Bill, Threatens Government Shutdown," 11 Dec. 2018 The troops were hurriedly sent to the border to provide support for border-patrol personnel, including placing concertina wire and building tents. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Wants Troops to Stay Along the Mexican Border Into 2019," 30 Nov. 2018 The chain-link border fence, fortified by layers of concertina wire, is also being fitted with underground sensors, solar night lights and cameras. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Trump's wrath forces Pakistan to double down on push to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries," 10 July 2018 Paul's view is of a small patch of grass, a tall fence and a rolling wave of razor-sharp concertina wire. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Paul Henry Gingerich: Another birthday for a boy in prison," 17 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of concertina wire

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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