a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
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Origin of picket fence
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called paling, paling fence.
Definition for paling-fence (2 of 2)
[ pey-ling ]
/ ˈpeɪ lɪŋ /
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British Dictionary definitions for paling-fence (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpeɪlɪŋ) /
a fence made of pales
a single pale
the act of erecting pales
British Dictionary definitions for paling-fence (2 of 2)
a fence consisting of pickets supported at close regular intervals by being driven into the ground, by interlacing with strong wire, or by nailing to horizontal timbers fixed to posts in the ground
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