Security at the compound was “extraordinary,” an official said, with 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire.
But the barbed tone of their reprimands, their raised voices, made clear there was something else going on here.
So perhaps the barbed wire and the machinations of the plot did duty for other obstacles that stood between myself and freedom.
Two parallel fences tipped with barbed wire formed a narrow corridor into the gymnasium.
Over the years, stone slabs and masonry replaced the barbed wire.
On the other hand, Tom, with his heavy shaft and barbed point, relied on a single weapon.
These barbed weapons would tear their way through the birch bark of the canoes as if they were but sheets of brown paper.
There was plenty of barbed wire everywhere and by means of the wire cutters rude grates were made on which the tin cup was placed.
They had made a harpooneer of him, and that barbed iron was in lieu of a sceptre now.
He told us that sharp, harsh, or bitter words entered his soul like barbed iron and he was upset and unstrung for hours afterward.
late 14c., "barb of an arrow," from Old French barbe (11c.) "beard, beardlike appendage," from Latin barba "beard," perhaps cognate with Old English beard (see beard (n.)).
late 15c., "to clip, mow;" see barb (n.). Meaning "to fit or furnish with barbs" is from 1610s. Related: Barbed; barbing.