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tripwire

[ trip-wahyuhr ]

noun

  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 trip on, or otherwise disturbed.


tripwire

/ ˈtrɪpˌwaɪə /

noun

  1. a wire that activates a trap, mine, etc, when tripped over


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Example Sentences

Now, China’s growing tensions between young men and women over gender issues are becoming a new tripwire for firms.

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The tripwire for an unfolding plot to take control of the flight would be the transponder, operated by a switch beside the pilots.

The transponder is really the tripwire for whatever began to unfold on that jet.

The emotions of Democrats are on a tripwire, ready to react at the slightest provocation.

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