ADJ

taut, tight
loose, slack
fine, thin
thick
flexible, soft
stiff
rusty
barbed, chicken (= wire mesh used to make fences), razor
piano
perimeter
trip (also 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

QUANT

length, piece, strand

VERB + WIRE

cut
They cut the perimeter wire and escaped
stretch
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
cutters (also wire-cutters)

PREP

behind a/the ~
Behind the wire, the prisoners were exercising
under a/the ~
We got in under the wire

ADJ

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

attach, connect
The wire was attached to a pin in the plug
disconnect
He disconnected the wire from the clock
run
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
show
Surely the wires shouldn't show like that?

PREP

along a/the ~
the flow of electrical currents along a wire
down a/the ~
A dry laugh echoed down the telephone wire