Synonyms of fence in English:

fence


See definition of fence

noun

1‘she crept through a gap in the fence’

SYNONYMS

barrier, paling, railing, rail, bar, hurdle, enclosure

wall, hedge, hedgerow, windbreak, groyne, partition

barricade, stockade, palisade, rampart, protection, defence

rare circumvallation

2‘he was an accomplished fence, dealing mainly in jewellery’

SYNONYMS

receiver of stolen goods, dealer in stolen goods

receiver, dealer, trafficker

pusher


verb

1‘they intend to fence off many acres of wild land’

SYNONYMS

enclose, surround, circumscribe, encircle, circle, encompass, bound, form a barrier around, form a ring round

divide up, section off, separate off, partition off, cut off, cordon off, close off, isolate, segregate, seal, close

literary gird, girdle, engird

rare compass

2‘he needed more wire to fence in his chickens’

SYNONYMS

confine, pen in, coop up, rail in, box in, wall in, hedge in, hem in, close in, shut in, shut up, mew up, immure, lock in, shut off, separate off, cut off

intern, impound, hold captive, keep under lock and key

enclose, surround, kettle

secure, protect, defend

North American corral

3‘the man fenced but Jim persisted with his questions’

SYNONYMS

be evasive, be vague, be ambiguous, be non-committal, equivocate, prevaricate, stall, vacillate, quibble, hedge, beat about the bush, dodge the issue, sidestep the issue, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words

informal pussyfoot around, duck the question, duck the issue, waffle, flannel, shilly-shally

rare palter, tergiversate

4‘these fellows fenced for a band of grave robbers’

SYNONYMS

receive stolen goods, deal in stolen goods


Phrases

    (sitting) on the fence

      ‘they were on the fence about the whole issue’

      SYNONYMS

      undecided, uncommitted, uncertain, unsure, vacillating, wavering, dithering, hesitant, tentative, doubtful, irresolute, ambivalent, torn, in two minds, in a dilemma, on the horns of a dilemma, in a quandary

      abstaining

      neutral, impartial, non-aligned, non-partisan, unbiased, open-minded

      British

      humming and hawing

      iffy, blowing hot and cold