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sunk fence

a wall or other barrier set in a ditch to divide lands without marring the landscape.
Origin of sunk fence
1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Footsteps fell on their ears, on the path which threaded the lawn just beyond the sunk-fence.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for sunk-fence

sunk fence

a ditch, one side of which is made into a retaining wall so as to enclose an area of land while remaining hidden in the total landscape Also called ha-ha
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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