Definition of fence-mending in English:



mass noun
  • The action of making peace with a person or group.

    ‘the two countries have some fence-mending to do’
    as modifier ‘he hopes that a fence-mending trip will bring the hostilities to an end’
    • ‘But there was considerable fence-mending among important Democratic constituency groups.’
    • ‘Apparently the fence-mending has now ended, at least as far as city workers are concerned.’
    • ‘The two nations resumed the stalled military exchanges only after a fence-mending agreement between their leaders in October 2002.’
    • ‘He said that this is not going to be a fence-mending mission to Europe.’
    • ‘His political fence-mending goes on all the time and he has worked hard to solidify his base.’
    • ‘The foreign minister's words sparked fierce criticism from opposition parties, which have demanded he make fence-mending moves and that he step down.’
    • ‘So perhaps in a matter of days this thing might get patched up, but at this point there is some fence-mending to do between these two campaigns.’
    • ‘He took the first in a series of fence-mending measures by inviting disgruntled backbenchers to participate in designing Labour's re-election strategy.’
    • ‘It's the latest fence-mending session following the midterm elections.’
    • ‘He will be facing an anxious few days of fence-mending with his own team to regain their trust and confidence.’
    restoration of friendly relations, restoration of harmony, agreement, compromise, understanding, peace, an end to hostilities, amity, concord
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