concertina wire

noun

Definition of concertina wire

: a coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle

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And spools of concertina wire block the streets that branch off the highway, forcing residents to remain indoors. Washington Post, "Inside locked down Kashmir, a reporter finds fear and chaos," 14 Aug. 2019 Its streets, once teeming with traffic, are dotted with spools of concertina wire, blocking movement. Washington Post, "Kashmir’s streets silent as people’s despair and rage grow," 10 Aug. 2019 Just last month, emergency responders found an unresponsive 47-year-old man lying on the ground on the US side of the 20-foot slatted steel wall, now topped by concertina wire, that divides Nogales, Arizona, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Ieva Jusionyte, BostonGlobe.com, "I was a paramedic at the US border. Kids need doctors now.," 18 July 2019 Soldiers and Marines have installed 670 miles of concertina wire to secure about 180 miles of border and harden 36 ports of entry. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "In Fort Sam’s tranquil quadrangle, Buchanan was at center of storm," 7 July 2019 Don’t mind the military police, the miles of concertina wire or the bright red and yellow signs warning of some 200,000 landmines. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Come hike the demilitarized zone between the Koreas. Please watch your step," 25 June 2019 Photos from the bridge between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, also known as the Santa Fe Bridge, showed police standing behind barriers and concertina wire. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "Busy El Paso crossing shut down after protesters threaten to overrun facility, border official says," 1 July 2019 There were hats decorated with concertina wire and scallions. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Hats Like Sneezes, Playing at Aristocracy and Other Notes From Royal Ascot," 24 June 2019 Most ended up stringing concertina wire or doing other mundane tasks, but in April the administration loosened restrictions that had barred the military from interacting with migrants so that troops could assist Border Patrol officers more directly. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump vows to deport ‘millions’ of migrants, but it’s unclear how," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of concertina wire

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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