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snake fence

a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle.
Also called Virginia fence, Virginia rail fence, worm fence.
Origin of snake fence
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The next time I find myself firing from behind a snake fence I shall not crowd forward into one of the corners.

    At Plattsburg Allen French
  • After a mile and a half we came to the corner of a snake fence.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • A snake fence ran in front of this and on two sides, at the back was a thick wood.

  • They went down the road to the swamp, climbed the snake fence, followed the path to the old trail and then turned south upon it.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • Looking up, I saw Colonel Brereton, a little the worse for wear, seated on the snake fence.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • It rolls that way, I mean; and Feltons line comes into it just as that snake fence comes across there.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • He climbed the snake fence into the woodland and splashed rapidly through the wet growth.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • A gleam of white through the snake fence against the pink of the clover caught his eye.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • She peeped through the snake fence at the luscious rich masses of red clover.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • He had just come out of the woods and up to the snake fence of split rails which bounded the pasture.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts

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