Definition of fence-mending in English:

fence-mending

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’
    • ‘Apparently the fence-mending has now ended, at least as far as city workers are concerned.’
    • ‘He took the first in a series of fence-mending measures by inviting disgruntled backbenchers to participate in designing Labour's re-election strategy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's the latest fence-mending session following the midterm elections.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there was considerable fence-mending among important Democratic constituency groups.’
    • ‘He will be facing an anxious few days of fence-mending with his own team to regain their trust and confidence.’
    • ‘His political fence-mending goes on all the time and he has worked hard to solidify his base.’
    restoration of friendly relations, restoration of harmony, agreement, compromise, understanding, peace, an end to hostilities, amity, concord
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