He could surely have attempted an agreement after such a dramatic step, preferred to “throw the keys over the fence.”
Fifty-eight percent of us want to expand the fence on the Mexican border.
Hearing from these women encouraged me to chat with someone on the other side of that fence.
Syria is splintered politically, with lots of communities, including Christians and minorities, still on the fence.
I drove out to a section of the fence south of Donna, Texas, with an anti-fence activist named Scott Nicol.
If it will give you any pleasure it shall be done, though I am not at my best on the fence.
There's a cove I knows—a fence that is—as 'ud give me lots fur it.
I have found borers in a few trees that were out in the grass near the fence.
He could lean on the fence and pull at his pipe to his heart's content.
Between the lawn and the road, a line of cedars in the fence row serves as a screen.
early 14c., "action of defending," shortening of defens (see defense). Spelling alternated between -c- and -s- in Middle English. Sense of "enclosure" is first recorded mid-15c. on notion of "that which serves as a defense." Sense of "dealer in stolen goods" is thieves' slang, first attested c.1700, from notion of such transactions taking place under defense of secrecy. To be figuratively on the fence "uncommitted" is from 1828, perhaps from the notion of spectators at a fight, or a simple literal image: "A man sitting on the top of a fence, can jump down on either side with equal facility." [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848].
A person or place that deals in stolen goods: but even big fences like Alphonso can get stuck/ The loot had disappeared and been handled by a fence (1700+)
: The clown that stole the Mona Lisa found it hard to fence (1610+)
[all senses are shortenings of defence; in the case of criminal act, the notion is probably that of a secure place and trusty person, well defended]