razor wire

noun

Definition of razor wire

: coiled wire fitted with sharp razor edges and used as an obstacle or barrier also : concertina wire

Examples of razor wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only, the curls of razor wire signaled this was no place of fairy tales. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "With regret and satisfaction, Baltimore watches the infamous Maryland Pen tumble down," 25 Sep. 2020 During a 2018 visit the city, a Wall Street Journal reporter discovered one internment camp surrounded by 15-foot-high walls topped with razor wire and punctuated with guard towers. WSJ, "Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Faces Controversy Over Filming in China’s Xinjiang," 8 Sep. 2020 Outside, icicles and razor wire ringed the compound. Anchorage Daily News, "Her addiction landed her in a prison segregation wing. The man she says abused her lives free.," 20 June 2020 The perimeter wall bristled with razor wire and was patrolled by armed PAP (people's armed police) guards. James Griffiths, CNN, "How this Long Island man ended up in a Chinese prison on espionage charges," 25 June 2020 Outside, icicles and razor wire ringed the compound. Anchorage Daily News, "Her addiction landed her in a prison segregation wing. The man she says abused her lives free.," 20 June 2020 Outside, icicles and razor wire ringed the compound. Anchorage Daily News, "Her addiction landed her in a prison segregation wing. The man she says abused her lives free.," 20 June 2020 The Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York installed razor wire around its building and hired private security in response to the protests, according to a June 2 New York Post report. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Man charged in $60,000 looting of Downtown Saks Fifth Avenue," 8 June 2020 Prisons are, in effect, dense cities locked behind razor wire, but they are not isolated. Jack Norton, The New York Review of Books, "Cut the Carceral System Now," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of razor wire

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of razor wire was in 1973

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29 Sep 2020

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“Razor wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor%20wire. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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razor wire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of razor wire

: strong wire that has many sharp metal pieces on it and is put around an area to keep people out or in

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