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Fence, vb. 1) to defend, to guard: “the red should f. the white,” Lucr. 63. “where's captain Margaret, to f. you now?” H6C II, 6, 75. “Oxford, that did ever f. the right,” III, 3, 98. “O thou wall, dive in the earth, and f. not Athens,” Tim. IV, 1, 3. “the tops of trees, which f. the roots they grow by,” Per. I, 2, 30.
2) to inclose: “a sheep-cote --d about with olive trees,” As IV, 3, 78. cf. Tim. IV, 1, 3.
3) to practise fencing, to fight according to art: Wiv. II, 3, 15. Merch. I, 2, 66. Tw. I, 3, 98. H4B II, 1, 206. Hml. II, 1, 25. Figuratively: “without any more virginal --ing,” Per. IV, 6, 63 (== evasions).
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