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chicken wire

a light, wire netting having a large, hexagonal mesh, used especially as fencing.
Origin of chicken wire
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is done with chicken wire, or with willows or old staves where they can be had.

    Training for the Trenches Leslie Vickers
  • For artillery cover this was knotted in fish nets and chicken wire.

  • Why doesn't some one invent a kind of chicken wire that can be moved when necessary?

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Somebody found this out, and a net of chicken wire had been placed across the river in No Man's Land.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • chicken wire on top, covered with grass and brushwood, completed the scenic protection.

    S.O.S. Stand to! Reginald Grant
  • The wire netting is chicken wire, inch and a half mesh, and three feet wide.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • Train them on brush or chicken wire, and keep them well watered in order to get the best results.

    Gardening for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
  • These trees are planted two feet apart in the row and are tied up to a trellis of chicken wire.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees F. A. Waugh
  • Viewed close up the completed article looks to be exactly what it is—chicken wire festooned thickly with gaudy rags.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for chicken wire

chicken wire

wire netting with a hexagonal mesh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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