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firebreak

[fahyuh r-breyk] /ˈfaɪərˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire.
Origin of firebreak
1890-1895
1890-95; fire + break
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  • She crossed the firebreak and rode up over the ridge calling her cheery "Hoo-hoo-hoo!"

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • If there were poles, it might be the clearing for a telegraph line to a signal station; if it was broader, a firebreak.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for firebreak

firebreak

/ˈfaɪəˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
Also fireguard, 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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