- 1A wire stretched close to the ground, working a trap, explosion, or alarm when disturbed and serving to detect or prevent people or animals entering an area: he brushed some leaves aside to reveal a small tripwire stretched between two treesMore example sentences
- Then attach a tripwire to the dead animal with the other end attached to a loaded shotgun.
- She's devising a plan to lay a trap for them with tripwires and a lot of tin foil - apparently they like shiny things - but she doesn't have high hopes.
- He was a genius at creating special booby traps and tripwires, all sorts of custom-made devices designed to inflict maximum pain and damage.
- 1.1A comparatively weak military force employed as a first line of defence, engagement with which will trigger the intervention of stronger forces: if these peacekeeping efforts fail, they should have the function of a tripwire [as modifier]: the placing of tripwire forces on disputed bordersMore example sentences
- Why is the administration proposing to abandon the long-standing tripwire function of U.S. forces in the country?
- Moreover, the troop tripwire makes it America's problem.
- Replacing the American tripwire would be expensive for the country.
More definitions of tripwireDefinition of tripwire in:
- The US English dictionary