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  • n. Plural form of caltrop.

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Examples

  • Police who conducted the pre-convention raids claim to have found 37 "caltrops" -- spikes that are scattered on a motorway to disable cars during a police pursuit.

    Pro Libertate

  • He also, it is said, caused steel spikes, called caltrops, to be scattered up and down in the plain, where the English cavalry were most likely to advance, trusting in that manner to lame and destroy their horses.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 5

  • More than eighteen hundred of those planks bristling with nails, called caltrops, were distributed over the yonder side of the ditch.

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 3

  • Other members of the gang placed a fake bomb at a police helicopter base, preventing the police from pursuing them from the air and also used chains and so-called caltrops to prevent vehicles from approaching the depot building.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Deputies seized a variety of items that they believed were tools of civil disobedience: a gas mask, bolt cutters, axes, slingshots, homemade "caltrops" for disabling buses, even buckets of urine.

    Police State In Republican Convention City

  • After the arrests, the police showed "caltrops," which turned out to be roofing nails, and "buckets of urine," which turned out to be greywater used to flush toilets in eco-conscious homes.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Deputies seized a variety of items that they believed were tools of civil disobedience: a gas mask, bolt cutters, axes, slingshots, homemade "caltrops" for disabling buses, even buckets of urine.’

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • So, the “caltrops” become justification for completely unrelated actions against completely different people, like pepper-spraying and arresting journalists.

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  • Law enforcment has seized some sheet-metal items which they refer to as “caltrops”.

    Discourse.net: More On Twin Cities - Developing

  • Arms: Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable.

    Sole Music

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