fence-mending
noun Date: 1947 the rehabilitating of a deteriorated political relationship

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  • fence-mending — ˈ ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: fence (I) + mending : the rehabilitating of a deteriorated relationship especially in politics * * * ˈfence mending 7 [fence mending] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • fence-mending — /fens men ding/, Informal. n. 1. the practice of reestablishing or strengthening personal, business, or political contacts and relationships by conciliation or negotiation, as after a dispute, disagreement, or period of inactivity. adj. 2. of,… …   Universalium

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  • fence-mending — /ˈfɛns mɛndɪŋ/ (say fens mending) noun 1. the mending of fences. 2. the repair of relationships between people or groups who have become estranged …   Australian English dictionary

  • fence-mend|ing — «FEHNS MEHN dihng», noun, adjective. U.S. Informal. –n. the restoration or repair of good relations, friendship, or popularity in a political constituency, with a foreign country, or group: »The ambassador was chiefly fence mending. –adj.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fence — A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. It is generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction: a wall is usually restricted to such barriers made from solid brick or …   Wikipedia

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