Definition of mend (one's) fences in US English:

mend (one's) fences

phrase

  • Make peace with a person.

    ‘is it too late to mend fences with your ex-wife?’
    • ‘It is crucial at such times of crisis to take the steps necessary to mend fences, solidify ranks and do whatever else is needed to tighten up the ship against the current storm.’
    • ‘Surely it is time now to mend fences and initiate policies geared to the good of the game, as it faces into an era of unparalleled opportunity.’
    • ‘By working together to preserve their common ecological heritage, there's hope the countries can also mend fences over their political and cultural differences.’
    • ‘Now he is back, mending fences and building a power base.’
    • ‘What is your candidate going to do to try and mend fences between those fault lines, or conversely, is it more expeditious, politically, to exploit those fault lines?’
    • ‘The two have also agreed to mend fences and have an amicable relation-ship after nine months of bitterness.’
    • ‘I mean, some of the things we talked about tonight, which is trying to get people to mend fences and work together.’
    • ‘Long after I had decided I really didn't need to have her in my life, she decided she'd quite like me in hers, and made a sincere, tactful and very generous effort to mend fences.’
    • ‘But I think what is very clear, according to people I talked to today, is that they have been attempting to mend fences with him.’
    • ‘First he has mended his fences with Miss Maisey and they are now living together as a family.’
    be friends again, bury the hatchet, declare a truce, make peace, forgive and forget, shake hands, become reconciled, settle one's differences, mend fences, call it quits
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