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 Others crossed on a footbridge lined with razor wire. Alex Horton And Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Sep. 2021 Police had installed a fence topped with razor wire around the campus after the riot Jan. 6 to protect against another potential mob for President Joe Biden's inauguration Jan. 20. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 The guards established a perimeter with razor wire, concrete barriers and a hyper-aggressive attitude. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Authorities have ramped up security around Minneapolis, with crews installing razor wire around some police buildings and National Guard troops have been deployed in parts of the city's downtown. Chandelis Duster, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 And yet crowds remained outside its concrete barriers, clutching documents and sometimes stunned-looking children, blocked from flight by coils of razor wire. chicagotribune.com, 21 Aug. 2021 And yet crowds remained outside its concrete barriers, clutching documents and sometimes stunned-looking children, blocked from flight by coils of razor wire. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021 Instead, the troops carried out support missions, such as hanging coils of razor wire atop border fences and points of entry with Mexico in California, Arizona and Texas. W.j. Hennigan, Time, 30 June 2021 Fighters of the Taliban’s elite Badri 313 unit, dressed in the latest tactical gear, patrol the same Kabul airport parking lot as U.S. Marines, separated by a few coils of razor wire. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Razor wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor%20wire. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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