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fence with (someone)

In a conversation, to evade or avoid directly answering someone or something. Ever the sly spin doctor, the candidate was able to deftly fence with the journalist around questions of his dubious background.
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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]
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Sometimes it can provide the reassurance we all need when you are on the fence with something.
Geraint Richards, prosecuting, said: "His next-door neighbour Mrs Roberts noticed Morgan spraying his fence with something and asked him what it was.
Meanwhile, daughter has serious doubts about the wisdom of replacing the wooden fence with something similar.
You could try to persuade your neighbour to put some precautionary measures in place, such as curbing the fouling and replacing the fence with something more robust.