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fence (fɛns)
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
 a.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to restore a position or reputation that has been damaged, esp in politics
 b.  to re-establish friendly relations (with someone)
7.  on the fence unable or unwilling to commit oneself
8.  informal (Austral), (NZ) over the fence unreasonable, unfair, or unjust
9.  sit on the fence to be unable or unwilling to commit oneself
10.  (tr) to construct a fence on or around (a piece of land, etc)
11.  (tr; foll by in or off) to close (in) or separate (off) with or as if with a fence: he fenced in the livestock
12.  (intr) to fight using swords or foils
13.  (intr) to evade a question or argument, esp by quibbling over minor points
14.  (intr) to engage in skilful or witty debate, repartee, etc
15.  slang (intr) to receive stolen property
16.  archaic (tr) to ward off or keep out
[C14 fens, shortened from defensdefence]

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