verb (used with object), fenced, fenc·ing.
verb (used without object), fenced, fenc·ing.
Origin of fence
Related Words for fencebar, wall, rail, dike, roadblock, barricade, railing, net, block, encircle, shield, stop, palisade, cyclone, guard, defense, stockade, rampart, hedge, balustrade
Examples from the Web for fence
Contemporary Examples of fence
I have the unique advantage of seeing this from both sides of the fence.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
But what about the screams, the salty puddles, and big empty packages of frozen fish lying on the ground outside the fence?Activists: Moscow Sea Park Is ‘Torturing’ Its Orca Whales
October 27, 2014
Ali Salameh and Abu Daud also arrived at the Olympic Village to observe the attack from outside the fence.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
He was, not even six hours after he scaled a fence and broke out.How To Plan A Jailbreak
September 13, 2014
For anyone who may be on the fence but willing to be convinced, this special is well worth their time.Hey Anti-Vaxxers, Watch NOVA: Vaccines--Calling the Shots
September 11, 2014
Historical Examples of fence
"I got the gun, and the Maxim-silencer thing, off a fence in Boston," he explained.Within the Law
Yates sat on the top rail of the fence with the whittler, whose guest he had been.
Therefore, two men of strong beliefs were set on opposite sides of the fence.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
They sat around on the fence, or on the logs dumped down by the wayside.
Yates sprang to his feet with a laugh, and followed him to the fence.
- mainly US and Canadianto restore a position or reputation that has been damaged, esp in politics
- to re-establish friendly relations (with someone)
Word Origin for fence
early 14c., "action of defending," shortening of defens (see defense). Spelling alternated between -c- and -s- in Middle English. Sense of "enclosure" is first recorded mid-15c. on notion of "that which serves as a defense." Sense of "dealer in stolen goods" is thieves' slang, first attested c.1700, from notion of such transactions taking place under defense of secrecy. To be figuratively on the fence "uncommitted" is from 1828, perhaps from the notion of spectators at a fight, or a simple literal image: "A man sitting on the top of a fence, can jump down on either side with equal facility." [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848].
In addition to the idioms beginning with fence
- fence in
- fence with
- mend one's fences
- on the fence
- straddle the fence