razor wire


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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With its razor wire perimeter and muted exterior, the property resembled a small prison. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville, here’s your next coffee obsession," 19 Aug. 2019 Flores and the other children alleged they were housed in brutal conditions, in razor wired-fenced facilities with adult men and women, while being subjected to abuse and routine strip searches. CBS News, "Trump administration to detain migrant families and children for far longer with new rule," 21 Aug. 2019 The city, long familiar with checkpoints and razor wire, has been under heavier security ahead of the event. Rahim Faiez, BostonGlobe.com, "Islamic State claims bombing at Afghan wedding that killed 63," 18 Aug. 2019 Police and soldiers have since fanned out across the region of 7 million people, enveloping it in a maze of razor wire and steel barricades, and authorities have suspended all telephone and internet services. Washington Post, "Slurs and slingshots: Kashmiris allege abuse amid lockdown," 16 Aug. 2019 The station, a fortresslike compound, stands about 2 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, which is marked here by a rusty, 20-foot-tall steel fence encrusted with coils of razor wire. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It," 16 Aug. 2019 In February, the city council of Nogales, Ariz., unanimously passed a resolution to formally condemn six rows of razor wire the U.S. military installed on an existing border fence next to neighborhoods and schools. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Two artists built seesaws across the U.S.-Mexico border. Then video of kids playing on them went viral," 30 July 2019 Marines this year were brought in to help support the Department of Homeland Security in reinforcing the border by installing razor wire on top of existing barriers. CBS News, "16 Marines arrested at Camp Pendleton after human smuggling investigation, Marine Corps says," 25 July 2019 The Army’s tent city, surrounded by razor wire, sprouted out of an empty field. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "In Fort Sam’s tranquil quadrangle, Buchanan was at center of storm," 7 July 2019

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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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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