verb (used with object), fenced, fenc·ing.
verb (used without object), fenced, fenc·ing.
- fence in,
- fence lizard,
- fence with,
Origin of fence
Examples from the Web for fence
I have the unique advantage of seeing this from both sides of the fence.
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|Anna Nemtsova|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
He was, not even six hours after he scaled a fence and broke out.
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|Russell Saunders|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Halting a few paces away, Tracy motioned to us to avoid moving the bushes, but to approach the fence and look between the rails.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2|Jacob Dolson Cox
By now he could not see distinctly every sheep which jumped over the fence but he was still counting them.The Boy Grew Older|Heywood Broun
The fence begins to melt as if in a haze and the logic of clearing this vast expanse of earth and rock escapes him.The Land of Look Behind|Paul Cameron Brown
He sprang for the gate as if to force it open, while the crowd surged forward against the fence.Adventure|Jack London
A few hosses that stampeded in my gettin' over the fence war all that was there!From Sand Hill to Pine|Bret Harte
- 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