Learn how to say Fences correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word fence:
1a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to prevent or control access or escape.
a large upright obstacle in steeplechasing, showjumping, or cross-country.
2a guard or guide on a plane, saw, or other tool.
3 informal a person who deals in stolen goods.
1surround or protect with a fence:
our garden was not fully fenced
(fence something in/off) enclose or separate an area with a fence:
a small plantation of young trees had been fenced off
(fence someone/thing out) use a barrier to exclude someone or something:
walkers may find themselves fenced out of the moor
2 informal buy or sell (stolen goods):
after stealing your ring, he didn’t even know how to fence it
3 [no object] engage in the sport of fencing.
conduct a discussion or argument in an evasive way:
twelve months of fencing with McLaren had taken a toll his nerves
mend (one’s) fences
over the fence
Australian/NZ informal unreasonable or unacceptable.
side of the fence
used to refer to either of the opposing positions or interests involved in a particular situation:
whatever side of the fence you are on, the debate on conventional versus organic farming is not going to disappear
sit on the fence
avoid making a decision or choice.
Middle English (in the sense ‘defending, defence’): shortening of defence. Compare with fencible and fend