picket fence

noun
a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
Also called paling, paling fence.


Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism

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picket fence
 
n
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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Example sentences
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.
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