- 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.
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Examples from the Web for picket fence
The charm was gone which had drawn me daily through the hole in our picket-fence.Miss Primrose
Roy Rolfe Gilson
"That's a good way for a Picket-fence to go," said the Wheelbarrow.Bikey the Skicycle and Other Tales of Jimmieboy
John Kendrick Bangs
They were standing by a picket-fence, and he leaned against it, overcome by mirth in which she did not join.The Two Vanrevels
"Rest of 'em inside, dancin'," explained Mr. Peck, crouching behind the picket-fence.Beasley's Christmas Party
A moment later, with contemptuous satisfaction, he saw Burlingame climb the picket-fence at the side of the house.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete
- 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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