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Fence: A Definition

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Fence: A Definition

1. A barrier intended to prevent escape 
or intrusion or to mark a boundary, 
the T-post-and-hogwire our neighbor put up 
flush against the common one-lane road – 
no shoulder, no turnouts. (If you break 
down, you’re up against the fence.)

2. a receiver of stolen goods, one of those 
faceless men who, in the dark of night, 
could unload pickups full of our neighbor’s 
stereo and hard-drive and everything else
that makes life worthwhile. (He says,
That’s why we need the fence.)

3. as a verb, to ward off, as he hopes
to keep felons off his property. 
(Let them leave us alone, he says, 
and rip off people without fences.) 

4. to practice fencing, to parry 
arguments by shifting ground. (We need 
a fence, he says, to hold what’s ours 
together.)

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  1. Date: 11/16/2009 2:52:00 PM
    Robert Frost said that fences makes good neighbors but also is someone fencing something in or something out. You have some very good definitions here in this one. Keep writing. Sara