sunk fence



a wall or other barrier set in a ditch to divide lands without marring the landscape.

Origin of sunk fence

First recorded in 1755–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunk fence

  • Footsteps fell on their ears, on the path which threaded the lawn just beyond the sunk-fence.

    Huntingtower|John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for sunk fence

sunk fence


a ditch, one side of which is made into a retaining wall so as to enclose an area of land while remaining hidden in the total landscapeAlso called: ha-ha

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