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snake fence

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noun
  1. a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle.
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Origin of snake fence

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
Also called Virginia fence, Virginia rail fence, worm fence.
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Examples from the Web for snake fence

Historical Examples

  • In person he is as beautiful as a snake-fence, as alluring as a stone wall.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The gate and snake-fence were carried away, but the rest was saved!

    The Man Thou Gavest

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • If the musket was not strapped to the tail of the plough, it leaned against the snake-fence—loaded.

    The Story of Isaac Brock

    Walter R. Nursey

  • And after oversetting part of a snake-fence before we found an entrance, we drove up to the door.

  • It takes five thousand rails, ten feet long and five or six inches thick, to make a mile of snake-fence.