Re-fence



noun
1.
a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary.
2.
Informal. a person who receives and disposes of stolen goods.
3.
the place of business of such a person.
4.
the act, practice, art, or sport of fencing.
5.
skill in argument, repartee, etc.
6.
Machinery. a guard or guide, as for regulating the movements of a tool or work.
7.
Carpentry. a slotted guide used especially with a framing square to lay out cuts on rafters and staircase strings.
8.
Archaic. a means of defense; a bulwark.
verb (used with object), fenced, fencing.
9.
to enclose by some barrier, establishing exclusive right to possession:
to fence a farm.
10.
to separate by or as by a fence or fences (often followed by in, off, out, etc.):
to fence off a corner of one’s yard; to fence out unwholesome influences.
11.
to defend; protect; guard:
The president was fenced by bodyguards wherever he went.
12.
to ward off; keep out.
13.
Informal. to sell (stolen goods) to a fence.
14.
Nautical. to reinforce (an opening in a sail or the like) by sewing on a grommet or other device.
verb (used without object), fenced, fencing.
15.
to practice the art or sport of fencing.
16.
to parry arguments; strive to avoid giving direct answers; hedge:
The mayor fenced when asked if he would run again.
17.
(of a horse) to leap over a fence.
18.
Obsolete. to raise a defense.
Idioms
19.
mend one’s fences, to strengthen or reestablish one’s position by conciliation or negotiation:
One could tell by his superficially deferential manner that he was trying to mend his fences.
20.
on the fence, uncommitted; neutral; undecided:
The party leaders are still on the fence.
noun
1.
a structure that serves to enclose an area such as a garden or field, usually made of posts of timber, concrete, or metal connected by wire, netting, rails, or boards
2.
(slang) a dealer in stolen property
3.
an obstacle for a horse to jump in steeplechasing or showjumping
4.
(machinery) a guard or guide, esp in a circular saw or plane
5.
a projection usually fitted to the top surface of a sweptback aircraft wing to prevent movement of the airflow towards the wing tips
6.
mend one’s fences

(mainly US & Canadian) to restore a position or reputation that has been damaged, esp in politics
to re-establish friendly relations (with someone)

7.
on the fence, unable or unwilling to commit oneself
8.
(Austral & NZ, informal) over the fence, unreasonable, unfair, or unjust
9.
sit on the fence, to be unable or unwilling to commit oneself
verb
10.
(transitive) to construct a fence on or around (a piece of land, etc)
11.
(transitive; foll by in or off) to close (in) or separate (off) with or as if with a fence: he fenced in the livestock
12.
(intransitive) to fight using swords or foils
13.
(intransitive) to evade a question or argument, esp by quibbling over minor points
14.
(intransitive) to engage in skilful or witty debate, repartee, etc
15.
(intransitive) (slang) to receive stolen property
16.
(transitive) (archaic) to ward off or keep out
fence

(Heb. gader), Num. 22:24 (R.V.). Fences were constructions of unmortared stones, to protect gardens, vineyards, sheepfolds, etc. From various causes they were apt to bulge out and fall (Ps. 62:3). In Ps. 80:12, R.V. (see Isa. 5:5), the psalmist says, “Why hast thou broken down her fences?” Serpents delight to lurk in the crevices of such fences (Eccl. 10:8; comp. Amos 5:19).

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