fence with

fence with

Avoid answering directly, try to evade, as in The mayor was very clever at fencing with the press about his future plans. This expression transfers the parry and thrust of fencing to a verbal exchange. [Second half of 1600s]
See also: fence
References in classic literature ?
Josie walked the Barry fence with an airy unconcern which seemed to imply that a little thing like that wasn't worth a "dare.
As the child complained of hunger and thirst, she climbed over the fence with him; and, sitting down behind a large rock which concealed them from the road, she gave him a breakfast out of her little package.
So I cut my way through the reed fence with my assegai and crept to the hut where Baleka was with some of her half-sisters.
Confirming her earlier observations with small models, Erica found that a fence with thicker boards slowed the wind and trapped more snow than a fence made with thinner boards did.
So, this year, Erica compared her original thick-board fence with some alternative designs.
However, police said later that the activity escalated into flag burning and replacing patriotic signs on the fence with anti-war slogans, which did qualify as acts of vandalism.
And how they answer her will be their own damn business because today I am a fence with no gate.
While fences are a vital component of most physical protection systems, the combination of an appropriate fence with one or more carefully selected intrusion detection sensors forms a formidable combination of barrier and detection capability.
Today, three of the four jails at the Pitchess complex in Castaic - the North, South and East facilities - are protected by 25-foot chain-link fence with rounded razor ribbon on the top.