concertina wire


Definition of concertina wire

: a coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle

Examples of concertina wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a visit there Sunday, three large delivery trucks could be seen on the sprawling grounds surrounded by two fences reinforced with concertina wire. New York Times, 17 Oct. 2021 Afghans holding passports, old I.D. cards for staff access to NATO bases, and certificates of appreciation from the U.S. military leaned over rolls of concertina wire, pleading to be let inside the Baron. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2021 About 12 hours later, with the sun gone from the sky and the stars becoming clear, the crowd at the gate surged, pushing the family closer to the concertina wire. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 On a hilltop in Pan Killay, the Americans commandeered a drug lord’s house, transforming it into a compound of sandbags and watchtowers and concertina wire. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Chain link fence and concertina wire surround a deserted guard tower within Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Camp Delta at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2016. Greg Norman, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2021 With the discussion with Badr-Ul-Din finished, the official suggested a handshake across the concertina wire barrier. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2021 From the police station, Sabit and another detainee, a young Uyghur woman, were driven to a compound surrounded by a wall topped with concertina wire. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Refuge can be found within the perimeter and beyond the concertina wire. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of concertina wire

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of concertina wire was circa 1917

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10 Dec 2021

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“Concertina wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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