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[mass noun] Wire with clusters of short, sharp spikes set at short intervals along it, used to make fences or in warfare as an obstruction.
- ‘That's when I notice the perimeter fence has barbed wire and there are watch towers with armed guards.’
- ‘One field skirted the edge of a primary school, which was fenced off with barbed wire and guard posts.’
- ‘He had torn his pants crawling through one barbed wire fence, and cut his hand on another.’
- ‘Consider using barbed wire or razor wire at the top of fences for added security.’
- ‘The long walk takes us to a tall brick building fenced with spiraling barbed wire.’
- ‘Police believe the thieves cut their way through barbed wire and electric fences from the grounds of Pitsea tip.’
- ‘The barbed wire fences at its border were dismantled and guards were reduced to a minimum.’
- ‘She stared at the twisted barbed wire fence, that must have been knocked over long ago.’
- ‘A tall, impenetrable wall with barbed wire and sharp metal spikes on top surrounded the entire complex.’
- ‘After devoting 18 months to wiring Hong Kong with barbed wire, the island was attacked from the air.’
- ‘French troops guarding the base retreated behind fences ringed with barbed wire.’
- ‘The security is immense, with rolls of barbed wire and an electric fence.’
- ‘Stupid people behind picket fences and barbed wire fences voted for these stupid leaders.’
- ‘The plant has a lot more barbed wire and fences than it did this time last year: I guess I know why now.’
- ‘Youths were clambering over barbed wire fences, climbing through skylight windows and running amok in the dark.’
- ‘With respect, your Honour, there was no need to put barbed wire or spikes or adopt any of those measures.’
- ‘The experience begins with the forbidding entrance, which is fenced with barbed wire.’
- ‘This sun loving plant is well suited to grow on both barbed wire or other fences, arbours and trellises.’
- ‘On the right of it, was a parking lot surrounded by a chain fence and barbed wire.’
- ‘We put security around the place where we found it first of all just barbed wire fence and one guard.’
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