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wire entanglement

noun

  1. a barbed-wire obstacle, usually mounted on posts and zigzagged back and forth along a front, designed to channel, delay, or halt an advance by enemy foot soldiers.


wire entanglement

noun

  1. a barrier or obstruction of barbed wire used in warfare


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wire entanglement1

First recorded in 1875–80
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Example Sentences

"This is the first barbed-wire entanglement," said Archer, as they approached.

The whole wire entanglement stood in a mass of rank undergrowth, through which the nose of the torpedo had to be forced.

This concealed trap arrangement was as complicated as a barbed-wire entanglement.

Then he lay flat, while the Germans fired round after round on the wire entanglement behind him.

Unfortunately, he got stuck in the wire entanglement and was discovered.

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