concertina wire


: a coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle

Examples of concertina wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As daylight broke, birds began chirping in the mesquite tree, briefly masking the sound of wire cutters snipping the concertina wire in the riverbed below. Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, 11 June 2024 All of this teeth-gnashing in response to a simple Supreme Court ruling affirming that federal Border Patrol agents were allowed to cut through concertina wire deployed, probably illegally, by state personnel. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 26 Jan. 2024 Texas is building its own border infrastructure from concertina wire to a 'forward operating base' here in Eagle Pass. Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2024 Fewer gaps in the primary border wall there mean more children are hauled over it or smuggled under it, despite concertina wire. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for concertina wire 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of concertina wire was circa 1917

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“Concertina wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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