mend fences

variants: or

mend one's fences

Definition of mend fences

  1. :  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

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

    :  to improve in manners or morals :  reform

    :  to set right :  correct

  1. :  an act of mending :  repair

    :  a mended place

fenceplay fences
  1. :  a means of protection :  defense

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

    :  such a barrier made of posts and wire or boards

  1. :  to enclose with a fence

    :  to keep in or out with a fence

    :  to ward off

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a brief usually trivial fact

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