razor wire

noun

Definition of razor wire

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

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The armed forces can also work to reinforce infrastructure around the border, like putting additional razor wire on border fences. Alex Ward, Vox, "They can fly aircraft and lend support, but they can’t detain anybody — and more may be coming.," 31 Oct. 2018 While some resemble vocational schools, others seen by the Journal look more like prisons, surrounded by thick walls topped with razor wire and watched over by armed police in guard towers. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China, Ending Denials, Defends Muslim Detentions as Vital for Stability," 16 Oct. 2018 As some 1,000 migrants arrived in Tijuana one recent day, border-patrol contractors unwound hundreds of yards of razor wire at the beachside border fence, as armed guards looked on. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Slashes Migrant Border Crossings," 19 Nov. 2018 The Kabul neighborhood where the mortar rounds hit is one of the most secure in the capital, where embassies and government buildings are surrounded by concrete blast walls and coils of razor wire. Fox News, "Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence," 21 Aug. 2018 The detention centers, many of them equipped with watchtowers and surrounded by high walls topped with razor wire, have expanded in recent months, according to satellite imagery and interviews with former inmates and relatives of those detained. Eva Dou, WSJ, "American Lawmakers Push to Sanction Chinese Officials Over Xinjiang Camps," 29 Aug. 2018 Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a witness, said that on Friday protesters were trying to cut razor wire about 50 yards away from the actual fence. Fox News, "Thousands bury 11-year-old, 2 others killed by Israeli fire," 28 July 2018 The eight stolid slabs awaiting Mr. Trump inside the razor wire in the border neighborhood of Otay Mesa were chosen from numerous proposals (the Department of Homeland Security refused to say how many) submitted to the agency last year. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Trump Plans to View Wall Prototypes. Here Are Some He Won’t See.," 12 Mar. 2018 Police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear and carrying automatic rifles laid steel barricades and coiled razor wire on roads and intersections to cut off neighborhoods in a bid to stop protests. Fox News, "Strike, curfew shuts Kashmir on rebel's death anniversary," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of razor wire

1973, in the meaning defined above

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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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