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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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  • In places, however, one sees a picket-fence put up, or a sort of shed built over.

  • The charm was gone which had drawn me daily through the hole in our picket-fence.

    Miss Primrose Roy Rolfe Gilson
  • A moment later, with contemptuous satisfaction, he saw Burlingame climb the picket-fence at the side of the house.

  • They were standing by a picket-fence, and he leaned against it, overcome by mirth in which she did not join.

    The Two Vanrevels Booth Tarkington
  • "That's a good way for a picket-fence to go," said the Wheelbarrow.

  • "Rest of 'em inside, dancin'," explained Mr. Peck, crouching behind the picket-fence.

    Beasley's Christmas Party Booth Tarkington
  • The house stood in a yard inclosed by a picket-fence; behind the house was a small oak grove.

  • He was an uncomfortable horse to ride under the best circumstances; here he was as bad as riding 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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