Definition of fence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fens//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fens//
    On the farm, In the garden
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  1. 1  a structure made of wood or wire supported with posts that is put between two areas of land as a boundary, or around a garden/yard, field, etc. to keep animals in, or to keep people and animals out See related entries: On the farm, In the garden
  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. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘defending, defence’): shortening of defence. Compare with fend.Extra examples She walked over to the tall wooden privacy fence. The White House already is struggling to mend fences with Europe. The house was surrounded by a white picket fence. There was a cottage garden at the front and a white picket fence. a fence around the site a proposal approved by people on both sides of the political fence the airport perimeter fence the fence line separating the United States from Mexico Security guards with dogs patrolled the perimeter fence.Idioms
    the grass is (always) greener on the other side (of the fence)
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    (saying) 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 somebody
    on the other side of the fence
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    in a situation that is different from the one that you are in
    to avoid becoming involved in deciding or influencing something He tends to sit on the fence at meetings.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fence