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picket fence

a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
Also called paling, paling fence.
Origin of picket fence
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Guard—I suppose when you were in the army you often saw a picket fence?

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • She stood behind the picket fence and just looked at me, and I didn't like it.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • It gave me particular joy to pull a few palings off that picket fence!

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • Katherine held tightly to the picket fence while the man was speaking.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • They crept down the length of the field, just inside the picket fence.

  • How you got past the picket fence, the dogs, and the watchmen is too much for me.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • There was an opening in the picket fence, and she slipped through in a moment.

  • When I was a boy, nearly every one grew gourds on his picket fence.

    What and Where is God?

    Richard La Rue Swain
British Dictionary definitions for picket fence

picket fence

a fence consisting of pickets supported at close regular intervals by being driven into the ground, by interlacing with strong wire, or by nailing to horizontal timbers fixed to posts in the ground
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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