mend fences

idiom
variants: or mend one's fences
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mend fences

: to improve or repair a relationship that has been damaged by an argument or disagreement
  • She mended fences with her father.
  • She and her father are trying to mend their fences.
  • After the election, he spent a lot of time mending political fences.

Word by Word Definitions

mend play
  1. : to free from faults or defects: such as

  2. : to improve in manners or morals : reform

  3. : to set right : correct

  1. : an act of mending : repair

  2. : a mended place

fence play fences
  1. : a means of protection : defense

  2. : a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary

  3. : an immaterial barrier or boundary line

  1. : to enclose with a fence

  2. : to keep in or out with a fence

  3. : to ward off


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