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command wire

command wire  n.— «Specialist Sandoval, 22, from First Battalion, 501st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, was convicted of planting a coil of copper wire on the body of the man he killed near Iskandariya...

wireline

wireline adj. of communication or technology, connected by cable or wire; the opposite of wireless. Etymological Note: From the noun “wireline,” defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “a telegraph or telephone line of...

man-riding

man-riding  n.— «On Wednesday, the Douglas County sheriff’s office said the two men were secured in a bucket being cabled up 500 to 800 feet when the cable failed, sending the men and the bucket to the ground. The men were in a device that...

Hesco hobbit

Hesco hobbit  n.— «Kandahar Air Field is a Hilton by comparison, populated by what the frontliners call Hesco Hobbits, hescos being the two-metre-high buffers filled with gravel that surround the base.…And they wouldn’t mind if the...

elephant cage

elephant cage  n.— «On base is a maze of wire and steel rods laid out over an area larger than a football field. Local people call it “the elephant cage.” It houses one of the most important intelligence-gathering operations...

retail eavesdropping

retail eavesdropping  n.— «Some might picture an agent climbing a telephone pole and attaching a wire to a telephone line, but such a technique, called retail eavesdropping, is only useful for going after one phone line at a time...

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