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English definition of “barbed wire”

barbed wire

noun [U] uk   us  
a type of strong wire with sharp points on it, used to prevent people or animals from entering or leaving a place, especially a field: a barbed wire fenceFences and rails
(Definition of barbed wire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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