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high wire

a tightrope stretched very high above the ground.
Origin of high wire
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The grounds are inclosed with a high wire fence and suitable gates.

  • A high wire fence surrounded what seemed to need no protection.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • The place was a high wire enclosure on bare and very sandy soil.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • Doak sat on one of the high wire stools and lighted a cigarette.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
  • It was a trick he had often performed in the circus on the high wire.

  • Oh, I'm not going to have your horse walk the tight rope nor the high wire!

  • Upstairs, in the bright nursery, he had found his old nurse sitting sewing by the high wire fender.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • "We want yellow honeysuckle climbing on the high wire," declared Roger.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • Along the high wire fences, searchlights played on cinder-lined yards, switch-tracks, and armed guards on patrol.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for high wire

high wire

a tightrope stretched high in the air for balancing acts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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