trip wire

  1. a wire stretched close to the ground that activates something (a trap or camera or weapon) when tripped over
  2. a small military force that serves as a first line of defense; if they become engaged in hostilities it will trigger the intervention of stronger military forces
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How To Use trip wire In A Sentence

  • The break in the electric circuit had not been closed by pressure on the trip wire.
  • The convolutions of dress are of course largely to act as trip wires for the unwary.
  • They also use homemade blast mines and grenades with trip wires.
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