a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire.

1890–95; fire + break Unabridged
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firebreak (ˈfaɪəˌbreɪk)
1.  fireguard, Also: fire line a strip of open land in a forest or on a prairie, to arrest the advance of a fire
2.  a measure taken to arrest the advance of anything dangerous or harmful

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Example sentences
If possible, cut down all snags close to the firebreak prior to burning.
There was a firebreak around camp, but it wasn't going to stop this fire.
When she attempts to construct a firebreak, she gets blasted.
Prior to the burn date, a unit is carefully prepared by clearing flammable
  material from its perimeter, creating a firebreak.
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