English version

fence somebody/something ↔ in

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfence somebody/something ↔ in phrasal verb1 TBCto surround a place with a fence The yard was fenced in to keep out wolves.2 ESCAPEto make someone feel that they cannot leave a place or do what they want Young mothers often feel fenced in at home. fence→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
fence inOne man, wearing a red cap and with a knife in his mouth, was already on top of the fence.The entire complex is surrounded by 10-foot - high chain-link fencing.Why did the mind and the heart have to be such antagonists, the one trying to fence the other in?The chain-link fence swerved in, and this time I hit the brakes hard.Her father left things with her for mending, like a sheep leaves its wool on a fence, in passing.There was a lovely picture of him on telly last night peering woefully over the fence dressed in snazzy suit.The rink would not be fenced off in the families-only section and would be open for use by adults.A lime-green chameleon, stretching from fence to shrub in torpid motion, beguiled us.
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Verb table
fence
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyfence
he, she, itfences
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyfenced
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave fenced
he, she, ithas fenced
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad fenced
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill fence
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have fenced
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam fencing
he, she, itis fencing
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you, we, theyare fencing
Past
I, he, she, itwas fencing
you, we, theywere fencing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been fencing
he, she, ithas been fencing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been fencing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be fencing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been fencing
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