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

     

    ring-fence

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    verb
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    (British English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ring-fence
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    he / she / it ring-fences
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    past simple ring-fenced
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    past participle ring-fenced
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    -ing form ring-fencing
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  1. 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
  2. 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.

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