verb (used with object), fenced, fenc·ing.
verb (used without object), fenced, fenc·ing.
Words nearby fence
Idioms for fence
Origin of fence
OTHER WORDS FROM fence
British Dictionary definitions for mend one's fences
- mainly US and Canadian to restore a position or reputation that has been damaged, esp in politics
- to re-establish friendly relations (with someone)
Derived forms of fencefenceless, adjectivefencelike, adjective
Word Origin for fence
Idioms and Phrases with mend one's fences (1 of 2)
Improve poor relations; placate personal, political, or business contacts. For example, The senator always goes home weekends and spends time mending his fences. This metaphoric expression dates from an 1879 speech by Senator John Sherman in Mansfield, Ohio, to which he said he had returned “to look after my fences.” Although he may have meant literally to repair the fences around his farm there, media accounts of the speech took him to mean campaigning among his constituents. In succeeding decades the term was applied to nonpolitical affairs as well.
Idioms and Phrases with mend one's fences (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with fence
- fence in
- fence with
- mend one's fences
- on the fence
- straddle the fence