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tripwire

[trip-wahyuh r] /ˈtrɪpˌwaɪər/
noun
1.
a wire used to set off concealed explosives, as one stretched across a footpath to be struck and activated by the foot of an enemy soldier.
2.
a wire that activates a trap, camera, or other device when stepped on, tripped on, or otherwise disturbed.
Origin
trip1 + wire
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tripwire

/ˈtrɪpˌwaɪə/
noun
1.
a wire that activates a trap, mine, etc, when tripped over
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