Sunk fence
Sunk Sunk, imp. & p. p. of {Sink}. [1913 Webster]

{Sunk fence}, a ditch with a retaining wall, used to divide lands without defacing a landscape; a ha-ha. [1913 Webster]


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  • sunk fence — sunk′ fence′ n. bui a wall or other barrier set in a ditch to divide lands without marring the landscape Also called ha ha II Etymology: 1755–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • sunk fence — noun a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape • Syn: ↑ha ha, ↑haw haw • Hypernyms: ↑ditch * * * noun : a ditch with a retaining wall used to divide lands without defacing a landscape called …   Useful english dictionary

  • sunk fence — noun Date: circa 1771 a ditch with a retaining wall used to divide lands without defacing a landscape called also ha ha …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sunk fence — a wall or other barrier set in a ditch to divide lands without marring the landscape. [1755 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • sunk fence — noun a ha ha …   English new terms dictionary

  • sunk fence — /sʌŋk ˈfɛns/ (say sungk fens) noun See ha ha2 …   Australian English dictionary

  • Sunk — Sunk, imp. & p. p. of {Sink}. [1913 Webster] {Sunk fence}, a ditch with a retaining wall, used to divide lands without defacing a landscape; a ha ha. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fence Colliery — was a small colliery sunk at the lower end of the village of Fence, South Yorkshire, England alongside the main Sheffield to Worksop road in the 1840s, shortly before the opening of the North Midland Railway through the Rother Valley. History The …   Wikipedia

  • sunkfence — sunk fence n. A walled ditch or sunken obstacle, such as a hedge, serving especially as a barrier to livestock without impairing the view or scenic appeal. Also called ha ha2. * * * …   Universalium

  • sink — v. & n. v. (past sank or sunk; past part. sunk or sunken) 1 intr. fall or come slowly downwards. 2 intr. disappear below the horizon (the sun is sinking). 3 intr. a go or penetrate below the surface esp. of a liquid. b (of a ship) go to the… …   Useful english dictionary

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