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snake fence

a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle.
Also called Virginia fence, Virginia rail fence, worm fence.
Origin of snake fence
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The "snake-fence," or "Virginia fence," so common in the Southern states, utilized the second growth of forest trees.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Longstreet was seated on the top of a snake-fence, in the edge of the wood, and looking perfectly calm and unperturbed.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • And after oversetting part of a snake-fence before we found an entrance, we drove up to the door.

  • A rail from a snake-fence was procured, the panther's legs were tied to it, and in this way he was borne to the village.

  • If the musket was not strapped to the tail of the plough, it leaned against the snake-fence—loaded.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
  • In person he is as beautiful as a snake-fence, as alluring as a stone wall.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • I felt mighty shaky once, I rickalect; dat time yalla m'latta man shootin' at me f 'um behime a snake-fence.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • It takes five thousand rails, ten feet long and five or six inches thick, to make a mile of snake-fence.

    Two Years in Oregon Wallis Nash
  • The gate and snake-fence were carried away, but the rest was saved!

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock

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