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


    ring fence

    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋ fens//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋ fens//
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  1. 1(finance) a form of protection that stops a sum of money from being spent on anything other than its intended purpose The government has promised to put a ring fence around funding for education.
  2. 2a form of protection that only allows particular people to use or know something, or only allows something to be used for a particular purpose He did not say when the merger would be completed or when the ring fence would be abolished.

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