a balloon or blimp, usually one of several anchored around a military area, city, etc., from which wires or nets are hung as a protection against attacks from low-flying aircraft.
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Origin of barrage balloon
First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for barrage balloon
one of a number of tethered balloons with cables or net suspended from them, used to deter low-flying air attack
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