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fence off

To create a barrier so that someone or an animal can't access something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fence" and "off." I fenced off my vegetables, and yet, it looks like our friendly, neighborhood deer population is still snacking on them regularly. We need to fence the pool off so the kids can't get to it on their own.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fence someone or something off (from something)

to separate someone or something from something else with a fence or barrier. We fenced the children's play area off from the rest of the yard. Dave fenced off the play area. We fenced off the children from the rest of the yard.
See also: fence, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"We might also fence off some land whose owners are unknown to us and we urge all land owners to fence them off by themselves or they will get charged as well.
It is the mayor who wants to remove these 140-year-old meadows from public use, fence them off and create a private space for a few individuals who are able afford the proposed luxury housing.
Fence them off so that the public can't access them.
ANGRY residents in the Stoke area of Coventry will be meeting to clear footpaths through local fields on Sunday in protest at a school's plans to fence them off.
"But because of the specialist nature of the diamonds, the thieves will find it very difficult to fence them off, without re-cutting them.
"If there is a feral colony near where the FWC is trying to bring back ground-nesting birds and they're having a negative impact, we will work with TNR advocates and the local government to relocate the cats or fence them off," she explains.
Charles Vest, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the press that it would be "infeasible for universities to define areas of study that promote terrorism and fence them off." Some critics maintain foreign students are being unfairly targeted when American students who may wish to do harm still have access to controversial scientific data and research.
Michel Einhorn, of on-line jewellers Cool Diamonds, said: "Because of the specialist nature of the diamonds, the thieves will find it very difficult to fence them off, without re-cutting them."
If the area that you are entitled to occupy specifically includes the car parking spaces, then the landlord is not entitled to fence them off.
Unfortunately, observes Clifton Curtis, political advisor to Greenpeace International, "There remains a tendency, on the part of international agreements to put the ocean in a box and say, 'OK, we've done rainforests, now let's address oceans.' But 'ocean issues' cover such a wide range - fisheries, oil and gas, minerals, to name a few - that you can't just fence them off that neatly."
People with children and ponds should fill in the water features or fence them off. Be wary if you are visiting friends with a pool.