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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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 Officials talked about the plans in an unusually frank manner as a small group of journalists toured the isolated base where 40 men are still held behind tall fences and coils of razor wire on the southeastern coast of Cuba. Ben Fox, Fox News, "US military plans as if Guantanamo won't close for decades," 7 June 2018 In front of me was a huge encampment surrounded by razor wire. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 And, thanks to a prison podcast, that's a message being heard regularly now beyond the razor wire and these old walls. CBS News, "Voices from inside San Quentin," 24 June 2018 At the heart of Moria, an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, is a dark rectangular building ringed with police guards and coils of razor wire. Washington Post, "Lesbos: Europe’s migrant barrier nears breaking point," 11 May 2018 The property is surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with razor wire and is under video surveillance. Dan Austin And Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Archive: Once crown jewel, Detroit train station now symbol of ruin," 11 June 2018 Past bundles of razor wire, reinforced fences, and guard posts, can be made out the cluster of gray, blue and salmon buildings which make up the Kaesong Industrial Complex. James Griffiths, CNN, "After nukes and summits, can Kim Jong Un reform North Korea's economy?," 8 June 2018 The prisoners ditched their orange jumpsuits, flung blankets over the razor wire fence, and busted out. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Goodness, How Delicious, Eating Goober Peas," 2 May 2018

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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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