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picket fence

noun

  1. a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.


picket fence

noun

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of picket fence1

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Example Sentences

Strandf could photograph anything from a blind woman to a picket fence and make the image indelible.

A bar chart showing quarterly GDP growth resembles the teeth of a saw, not a picket fence.

The one we parked in front of had an Astroturf lawn and white picket fence.

She leapt over the brand-new white picket fence we built for her in a single bound.

I grew up wanting the whole shebang: Prince Charming, white picket fence and our cooing angel-faced children.

A moment later, with contemptuous satisfaction, he saw Burlingame climb the picket-fence at the side of the house.

In its surging to and from the crowd pushed over a post-rotted picket fence that had been erected in the early days of Everett.

It was so natural to be there that I scarce realized all that had happened since last I saw the back gate in the picket fence.

Excited citizens gathered to the scene, for the picket fence had not succumbed without protest, and the crash had carried well.

He was an uncomfortable horse to ride under the best circumstances; here he was as bad as riding a picket-fence.

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