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rabbit-proof fence

  1. a fence through which rabbits are unable to pass
  2. (Austral, informal) a boundary between certain Australian states, marked by such a fence
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Historical Examples
  • Mitchell and I turned off the track at the rabbit-proof fence and made for the tank in the mulga.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • They built a bark hut, fenced in a garden with a rabbit-proof fence, and planted it with potatoes.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • When rabbits are abundant and the area to be protected is not too great, a rabbit-proof fence may profitably be used.

  • The clever journalist was astounded at what he heard, especially about the men on the rabbit-proof fence.

    The Sweep Winner Nat Gould
Contemporary definitions for rabbit-proof fence

any of the boundaries between the states of Australia; figuratively, a fence erected for the purpose of exclusion


The film follows the girls as they walk for weeks along 1,500 miles of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community.

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