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barrage balloon

noun
1.
a balloon or blimp, usually one of several anchored around a military area, city, etc., from which wires or nets are hung as a protection against attacks from low-flying aircraft.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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barrage balloon

noun
1.
one of a number of tethered balloons with cables or net suspended from them, used to deter low-flying air attack
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