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split rail

a wooden rail split lengthwise from a log and commonly used in rustic rail and post fencing.
Origin of split rail
1820-30; Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As he made for it, he fell into a split-rail fence, some of which he knocked down until he could climb over it.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • There was a grass-field, enclosed by split-rail fence, and manured.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • For all that, in the evening he reached the split-rail fence at Kelshope.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • Mrs. Robin wanted it on the end of the second rail from the top of the split-rail fence.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson

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