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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. 2017.
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  • They crept down the length of the field, just inside the picket fence.

  • 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
  • The machine in the cabinet buzzed, and clicked, and made a noise like that of a small boy rattling a stick along a picket fence.

    L. P. M. J. Stewart Barney
  • She stood behind the picket fence and just looked at me, and I didn't like it.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • A small yard with a picket fence and gate surround the yard, which had tall hollyhocks, rearing their heads high above the fence.

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

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • This was the figure of a tall man slipping along the outer side of Mrs. Bobsters picket fence.

  • There was an opening in the picket fence, and she slipped through in a moment.

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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