American English

Definition of fence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a structure made of wood or wire supported with posts that is put between two areas of land as a boundary, or around a yard, field, etc. to keep animals in, or to keep people and animals out
  2. 2a structure that horses must jump over in a race or a competition
  3. 3(informal) a criminal who buys and sells stolen goods
  4. Idioms
    come down on one side of the fence or the other
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    to choose between two possible choices
    the grass is (always) greener on the other side (of the fence) (saying)
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    said about people who never seem happy with what they have and always think that other people have a better situation than they have
    mend (your) fences (with somebody)
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    to find a solution to a disagreement with someone
    sit on the fence
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    to avoid becoming involved in deciding or influencing something He tends to sit on the fence at meetings.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fence