Berlin Wall


Berlin Wall
a) A wall constructed by the German Democratic Republic to keep East Germans from escaping to West Berlin.
b) Any barrier designed to keep people from crossing a border, e.g. the one proposed by some conservatives in the US to keep Mexicans out of their country.

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