1 metal as thin thread
taut, tight | loose, slack | fine, thin | thick | flexible, soft | stiff | rusty | barbed, chicken
(= wire mesh used to make fences),
razor | piano | perimeter | trip
tripwire) The bomb was attached to a tripwire laid across the road. | high (= in a circus) One man rode a bicycle along the high wire as the climax to the act.
length, piece, strand
VERB + WIRE
They cut the perimeter wire and escaped.
The wire was stretched between two poles.
WIRE + NOUN
grill, mesh, netting | basket, brush, cage, coat hanger, fence, fencing, frame, rack
Cool the cakes on a wire rack.
behind a/the ~
Behind the wire, the prisoners were exercising.
| under a/the ~
We got in under the wire.
2 for electricity
electric, electrical, electricity
Don't place carpets over electrical wires. overhead electricity wires
| earth, live, neutral
Don't touch that wire. It's live.
| overhead | telegraph, telephone | fuse | bare, exposed
Watch out for bare wires.
| insulated, plastic-coated, plastic-covered | frayed
VERB + WIRE
The wire was attached to a pin in the plug.
He disconnected the wire from the clock.
The electrician ran a wire from the kitchen to the bedroom.
WIRE + VERB
go, lead, run, trail
Where does this wire go? There were wires trailing everywhere.
Surely the wires shouldn't show like that?
along a/the ~
the flow of electrical currents along a wire
| down a/the ~
A dry laugh echoed down the telephone wire.
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