concertina wire

noun

Definition of concertina wire

: a coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle

Examples of concertina wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police officers blocked roads with coils of glistening concertina wire. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, "Kashmir Gun Battle Kills at Least 7," 3 May 2020 The concertina wire that encircles the walls gives the compound a cagelike feeling, but the barriers are meant to keep intruders from getting in as much as they are intended to keep inmates from getting out. Kiana Hayeri, New York Times, "They Killed Their Husbands. Now in Prison, They Feel Free.," 26 Feb. 2020 Their missions have included spreading thousands of miles of concertina wire and operating surveillance equipment to watch for smugglers coming across the border. BostonGlobe.com, "Pentagon inspector general will examine if southern border operations follow US law - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 Some of their first duties were to install concertina wire on top of border fencing in major cities and to erect barricades and barriers at ports of entry such as Nogales and San Ysidro. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Pentagon watchdog office to review deployment and use of troops at U.S.-Mexico border," 10 Dec. 2019 These included contested frontiers like Kashmir and a few Cold War hot spots, like the D.M.Z. crossing the Korean peninsula, where opposing armies and world views stared each other down through rolls of concertina wire. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, "What Are Borders For?," 27 Nov. 2019 There’s concertina wire on the Mexican side that the Americans put up. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Linda Ronstadt Has Found Another Voice," 28 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of concertina wire

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Concertina wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concertina%20wire. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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