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[trip-wahyuh r]
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  1. a wire used to set off concealed explosives, as one stretched across a footpath to be struck and activated by the foot of an enemy soldier.
  2. a wire that activates a trap, camera, or other device when stepped on, tripped on, or otherwise disturbed.
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  1. a wire that activates a trap, mine, etc, when tripped over
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