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trip +‎ wire

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tripwire (plural tripwires)

  1. A cord or wire arranged so that when snagged or pulled by an intruder, it will trigger a detector or trap or a device, such as a land mine.
  2. Any means of detecting intruders.

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tripwire (third-person singular simple present tripwires, present participle tripwiring, simple past and past participle tripwired)

  1. (transitive) To set a tripwire mechanism in (a location).