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rail fence

a fence made of rails resting on crossed stakes or across one another at an angle.
Also called Virginia fence.
Origin of rail fence
An Americanism dating back to 1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He leaped a ditch, went through a rail fence, and fled across a field.

    White Fang Jack London
  • This, the "rail fence" mentioned in all accounts of the battle, was their sole protection.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • But placed in the Mystic in the proper position, they could have raked the rail fence.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Yet that the pursuit was so poor was due partly to the defenders of the rail fence.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • The 42d had such protection as was afforded by a rail fence.

    The Battle of Spring Hill, Tennessee John K. Shellenberger
  • I learned how to get a fair sleep on top of a "herring-bone" rail fence.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • He was sitting in the sun, on top of a rail fence, blinking at me consideringly.

  • We saw George walk away and climb the rail fence and disappear.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • I sat on a rail fence near our bivouac and watched the host go by.

    With Fire and Sword Samuel H. M. Byers
  • We, however, relieved the other company and fell in behind a rail fence.

    Reminiscences of a Private

    Frank M. Mixson

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