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British Dictionary definitions for ring-fence

ring-fence

verb
  1. to assign (money, a grant, fund, etc) to one particular purpose, so as to restrict its useto ring-fence a financial allowance
  2. to oblige (a person or organization) to use money for a particular purposeto ring-fence a local authority
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noun ring fence
  1. an agreement, contract, etc, in which the use of money is restricted to a particular purpose
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Historical Examples

  • In Scotland, everything worthy of being seen lies in a ring-fence.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • One's when they want to swallow a privilege, and the other's when they want to ring-fence their gains.

  • The admired excellence of this beautiful estate is that it lies in a ring-fence.

  • What a ring-fence of horror and contagion for all comers and goers to overpass!

    The Coming of the Friars

    Augustus Jessopp

  • You think everybody would be exiled inside his own ring-fence!