- 1ring-fence something (finance) to protect a particular sum of money by putting restrictions on it so that it can only be used for a particular purpose
- 2ring-fence something to protect something by putting restrictions on it so that it can only be used by particular people or for a particular purpose All employees can access the parts of the Intranet that are not ring-fenced.
BrE ; NAmE(British English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ring-fence
BrE ; NAmEhe / she / it ring-fences
BrE ; NAmEpast simple ring-fenced
BrE ; NAmEpast participle ring-fenced
BrE ; NAmE-ing form ring-fencing
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