spite fence


noun

a wall or fence erected solely to annoy one's neighbor or lower the value of his or her property.

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Origin of spite fence

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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Example sentences from the Web for spite fence

  • Once we almost came to the spite-fence stage; but our children were such friends that they kept us from that disgrace.

    Vandemark's Folly|Herbert Quick