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
informal 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
    informal

    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

    informal

    iffy, blowing hot and cold