a wall or other barrier set in a ditch to divide lands without marring the landscape.
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Origin of sunk fence
First recorded in 1755–65
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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
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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