Meaning of FENCE in English


n. 25B6; noun

a gap in the fence : BARRIER, paling, railing, enclosure, barricade, stockade, palisade.

(informal) a fence dealing mainly in jewellery : RECEIVER (OF STOLEN GOODS), dealer.

25B6; verb

they fenced off many acres : ENCLOSE, surround, circumscribe, encircle, circle, encompass; poetic/literary engirdle; archaic compass.

he fenced in his chickens : CONFINE, pen in, coop up, shut in/up, separate off; enclose, surround; N. Amer. corral.

he fences as a hobby : FIGHT WITH SWORDS, sword-fight.

the man fenced but Jim persisted : BE EVASIVE, be vague, be non-committal, equivocate, prevaricate, stall, vacillate, hedge, pussyfoot around, sidestep the issue; informal duck the question/issue, flannel, shilly-shally; Brit. informal waffle; rare palter.

25A0; (sitting) on the fence (informal) UNDECIDED, uncommitted, uncertain, unsure, vacillating, wavering, dithering, hesitant, doubtful, ambivalent, in two minds, in a quandary; neutral, impartial, non-partisan, open-minded; Brit. humming and hawing.

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