tripwire

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trip·wire

 (trĭp′wīr′)
n.
1. A wire stretched near ground level to trip or ensnare an enemy.
2. A wire or line that activates a weapon, trap, or camera, for example, when pulled.
3. A small military force whose involvement in hostilities will trigger the use of a larger force.
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tripwire

(ˈtrɪpˌwaɪə)
n
a wire that activates a trap, mine, etc, when tripped over
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trip•wire

(ˈtrɪpˌwaɪər)

n.
a wire that activates something hidden or distant, as explosives or a camera, when tripped on or moved.
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Translations

tripwire

[ˈtrɪpwaɪəʳ] Ncuerda f de trampa
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tripwire

[ˈtrɪpwaɪər] nfil m de déclenchement
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tripwire

nStolperdraht m
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