make a Virginia fence

make a Virginia fence

obsolete To walk in a swerving, unstable manner due to being intoxicated. An allusion to a kind of fence constructed of rails resting across one another in a zig-zag pattern. Primarily heard in US. The old coot stumbled away from the encampment, making a Virginia fence toward the river.
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make a Virginia fence

walk crookedly because you are drunk. US
A Virginia fence is a fence made of split rails or poles joined in a zigzag pattern with their ends crossing.
See also: fence, make