fence mending

fence-mending

[fens-men-ding] Informal.
noun
1.
the practice of reestablishing or strengthening personal, business, or political contacts and relationships by conciliation or negotiation, as after a dispute, disagreement, or period of inactivity.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or promoting fence-mending.

Origin:
1940–45; Americanism

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fence mending

noun
social action to improve poor relations (especially in politics); "they moved forward from a period of fence mending to substantive changes in the country" 
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