Meaning of FENCE in English

FENCE

/ fens; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a structure made of wood or wire supported with posts that is put between two areas of land as a boundary , or around a garden / yard, field, etc. to keep animals in, or to keep people and animals out

2.

a structure that horses must jump over in a race or a competition

3.

( informal ) a criminal who buys and sells stolen goods

IDIOMS

see grass noun , mend verb , side noun , sit

■ verb

1.

[ vn ] to surround or divide an area with a fence :

His property is fenced with barbed wire.

—see also unfenced

2.

[ v ] to take part in the sport of fencing

3.

[ v ] fence (with sb) to speak to sb in a clever way in order to gain an advantage in the conversation

PHRASAL VERBS

- fence sb/sth in

- fence sth off

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in the sense defending, defence ): shortening of defence . Compare with fend .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.