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"I got the gun, and the Maxim-silencer thing, off a fence in Boston," he explained.

Yates sat on the top rail of the fence with the whittler, whose guest he had been.

Therefore, two men of strong beliefs were set on opposite sides of the fence.

They sat around on the fence, or on the logs dumped down by the wayside.

Yates sprang to his feet with a laugh, and followed him to the fence.

"Yes," answered Yates, springing over the fence and approaching her.

"We'll go through the woods," said Mom Beck, lifting her over the fence.

The white posts of which the fence was made were elephants' tusks!

Do you think you can fence in a sentiment as you can cattle?

Among the old Germans, an estate was separated by a fence from the property of others.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "action of defending," shortening of defens (see defense). Spelling alternated between -c- and -s- in Middle English. Sense of "enclosure" is first recorded mid-15c. on notion of "that which serves as a defense." Sense of "dealer in stolen goods" is thieves' slang, first attested c.1700, from notion of such transactions taking place under defense of secrecy. To be figuratively on the fence "uncommitted" is from 1828, perhaps from the notion of spectators at a fight, or a simple literal image: "A man sitting on the top of a fence, can jump down on either side with equal facility." [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848].

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