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fence

2 verb
     
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1 [transitive]TBC to put a fence around something:
old farmhouses and fenced gardens
2 [intransitive]DSO to fight with a long thin sword as a sport
3 [intransitive + with] to answer someone's questions in a clever way in order to get an advantage in an argument

fence somebody/something ↔ in

phrasal verb
1TBC to surround a place with a fence:
The yard was fenced in to keep out wolves.
2 to make someone feel that they cannot leave a place or do what they want:
Young mothers often feel fenced in at home.

fence something ↔ off

phrasal verb
to separate one area from another area with a fence:
a planting area fenced off from the main garden
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