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picket fence

noun
1.
a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
Also called paling, paling fence.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism

paling

[pey-ling] /ˈpeɪ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
Also called paling fence. picket fence.
2.
a pale or picket for a fence.
3.
pales collectively.
4.
the act of building a fence with pales.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; see pale2, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for paling-fence

paling

/ˈpeɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a fence made of pales
2.
pales collectively
3.
a single pale
4.
the act of erecting pales

picket fence

noun
1.
a fence consisting of pickets supported at close regular intervals by being driven into the ground, by interlacing with strong wire, or by nailing to horizontal timbers fixed to posts in the ground
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