fence

[ fens ]
/ fɛns /

noun

verb (used with object), fenced, fenc·ing.

verb (used without object), fenced, fenc·ing.

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Idioms for fence

    mend one's fences, to strengthen or reestablish one's position by conciliation or negotiation: One could tell by his superficially deferential manner that he was trying to mend his fences.
    on the fence, uncommitted; neutral; undecided: The party leaders are still on the fence.

Origin of fence

1300–50; Middle English fens, aphetic for defensdefense

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British Dictionary definitions for fence

fence
/ (fɛns) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of fence

fenceless, adjectivefencelike, adjective

Word Origin for fence

C14 fens, shortened from defens defence
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Idioms and Phrases with fence

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