barrier


barrier
noun
1 fence/gate
ADJECTIVE
physical
crash, crush (BrE), flood, police, protective, safety (esp. BrE), security, ticket (BrE)
concrete
sound (figurative)

the first plane to break the sound barrier

VERB + BARRIER
build, erect, install
jump
break through

The crowd managed to break through the barriers.

PREPOSITION
at a/the barrier

Please show your ticket at the barrier. (BrE)

behind a/the barrier

The police waited behind the barriers.

through a/the barrier

There was a slow trickle of people through the barriers.

2 thing that causes problems
ADJECTIVE
effective, formidable, major
class, colour/color, cultural, institutional, language, racial, trade
invisible
artificial
impenetrable, insurmountable
VERB + BARRIER
build, create, erect, put up, set up

The old laws created barriers to free trade.

break, break down, eliminate, lift, lower, reduce, remove
identify
cross

They believe that music can cross any barriers.

be faced with, encounter, face
overcome, transcend
PREPOSITION
barrier against

The country has set up barriers against imports.

barrier between

a class barrier between the two families

barrier to

a formidable barrier to communication

3 physical object that prevents sb/sth passing
ADJECTIVE
impassable, impenetrable
natural
VERB + BARRIER
form
PREPOSITION
barrier between

The mountains form a natural barrier between the two countries.


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