fence with

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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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." Reluctant admiration greeted her exploit, for most of the other girls could appreciate it, having suffered many things themselves in their efforts to walk fences.
But when more intensive control is required, reinforcing the fence with a second, finer-spaced roll on the other side of the posts might be easier and more efficient than tearing out the old fence entirely.
“Farmers with a large amount of acreage to protect didn't have a good solution to adequately equip their electric fence with the necessary shock levels to contain their livestock or keep out predators, until the Power Wizard 24000 was introduced.”
A red light indicates a heavily loaded fence with a voltage between 2,000 to 3,000 volts, yellow means the fence is moderately loaded producing 4,000 to 5,000 volts and the green lights indicate the fence is operating at a level of 6,000 to over 10,000 volts of energy.
I'm convinced that our Scottish Terrier's dog-reactivity was initiated by (or at least significantly exacerbated by) his interactions through our chain-link fence with these two visitors.
I have some incredible video footage of a small terrier who uses a tree trunk to support his rear legs as he climbs up a chain-link fence with his front paws, working his way up until he can jump over the top of the fence.
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.
Perhaps on either side of the house facing the street a nicely designed, handsome fence with a welcoming gate is called for.
Planning permission was granted to the cricket club in November 2002 to replace an existing chain-link fence with new metal fencing panels to match an existing 1.5m fence on the north, east and west sides of the club.
Soon as she went by my house, walking gingerly, I whipped out to the fence with Yoda in my shirt and waited on her.
Baiting the fence with peanut butter or other lures also assures that predators get the message to keep out.
And how they answer her will be their own damn business because today I am a fence with no gate.
Even if the animal hits the fence with all fours off the ground, it just has to touch two wires to close the circuit.
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.
Although this is acceptable to many people and doesn't affect the longevity of the wood much, we chose to treat our fence with a clear water-repellent sealer to keep it golden brown (Photo 16).