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picket fence

a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
Also called paling, paling fence.
Origin of picket fence
1790-1800, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For example, the rails in a split rail fence may be removed, and the pickets in a picket fence may be able to be broken easily.
  • Three markers surrounded by a white picket fence mark the resting place of the park's namesake.
  • Imagine that you are looking at a dog that is standing behind a picket fence.
  • The white picket fence was a metaphor for decent housing, life insurance, mortgages and college educations.
  • Imagine two people standing on opposite sides of a tall picket fence.
  • The field was filled with some two thousand dark-brown long-billed ducks, penned in by a white picket fence.
  • Flash back a generation to the house with the white picket fence.
  • But the picket fence has been much more for so long in this country.
  • The fine-dining restaurant is housed in a two-story historic home with a white picket fence.
  • Check out this hidden gift shop in an attractively restored historic general store set behind a picket fence.
British Dictionary definitions for picket fence

picket fence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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