There are 2 translations of fence in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /fens/


  • 1 1.1 (barrier) cerca (f), valla (f), cerco (m) (AmL) wire fence alambrada (f), alambrado (m) (AmL) to mend (one's) fences limar asperezas, mejorar las relaciones to sit on the fence mirar los toros desde la barrera, nadar entre dos aguas, no definirse it's time you came down off the fence ya va siendo hora de que te definas or de que dejes de mirar los toros desde la barrera
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    • South Korean news agency Yonhap said the group cut through a wire fence to gain access to the school grounds in a northern suburb of Beijing early Friday.
    • They broke the wire fence to the play area along with the overflow pipe to the drinking fountain.
    • Very good control using a wire fence is essential for any kind of utilisation.
    1.2 (in showjumping) valla (f)
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    • Lake was injured when his mount jumped poorly at the next-to-last fence during a novice hurdle race and unseated him.
    • A chase involves larger, rigid fences while a hurdle race is run over shorter, more flexible obstacles.
    • On the second circuit, these two fences are bypassed and the last obstacle has no fence on it at all.
    1.3 (on machine) protector (m)
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    • This leaves a short side surface at right angles to the rear of the strip, adequate for guiding the fence of the cornice plane.
    • The fence of this plane is guided by the drawer side, and the depth stop sets the distance to be cut into the side of the drawer.
    • The fence of a plow plane must be held firmly at the chosen distance from its stock if the tool is to function properly.
  • 2 (receiver of stolen goods) [colloquial/familiar]persona que comercia con objetos robados reducidor, -dora (m,f) (AmS) , perista (mf) (Esp) [familiar/colloquial]
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    • There he meets up with the wily Artful Dodger who takes him to thief and fence Fagin, who is in charge of a gang of young pickpockets.
    • For Polanski portrays the fence Fagin and his gang of children who steal silk handkerchiefs, pocket watches and wallets in a far more sympathetic light than the authorities.

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There are 2 translations of fence in Spanish:



  • 1 [garden/field] cercar*, vallar the field was fenced with wire el campo fue alambrado or cercado con alambre
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    • The entire area of the marsh has to be fenced to protect the remaining part from further encroachment, say nature lovers, who enjoy its vast expanse and birdlife.
    • The gardens which surround the property are fenced with mature spruce trees separating the garden from the road.
    • Sections of upper beach were fenced to protect nests, and regulations limiting some recreational activities were posted and enforced.
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    • Two specific areas of trees will be fenced off on the bank of the beck so the saplings will be safe from being eaten by deer or other animals.
    • It is not just the learning spaces that are separate; the children are fenced off from each other in the playing areas.
    • I have turned up before 5pm and been told the area was fenced off because of lack of staff.


  • 1 1.1 [Sport] practicar* la esgrima, hacer* esgrima she fences for her country representa a su país en esgrima 1.2 (be evasive in argument) contestar con evasivas; (score points) contestar con respuestas incisivas
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    • Next, Anders took a wooden sword and fenced with one of the dummies.
    • When one fences a lot and sweats abundantly, the mask can deteriorate quickly.
    • He jabbed the air a couple of times, as if he were fencing, before swinging his sword round his head like a slingshot.
  • 2 (deal in stolen goods) [colloquial/familiar] comerciar con objetos robados
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    • However, unknown to her friends and neighbours, she was running a seaside syndicate of burglars who stole to order and used her shop to fence the goods.
    • You then made a business of fencing the goods you asked him to steal at your store for profit.
    • Policemen need to be out there checking on pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers, because they know who is fencing the goods.

Phrasal verbs

fence in

v + adv + o, v + o + adv

fence off

v + adv + o, v + o + adv
separar con una cerca

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