- a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
Origin of picket fence
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called paling, paling fence.
Origin of paling
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- a fence made of pales
- pales collectively
- a single pale
- the act of erecting pales
- 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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