from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fence to keep oxen from straying; specifically, in fox-hunting, a fence consisting of a wide ditch bordered by a strong hedge, beyond which is a railing.
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I have gone at the ox-fence at last, and got over it with several contusions.
We have gone through our share of flirtation in this life: match-making mothers, prying aunts, choleric uncles, benevolent and open-hearted fathers, we understand to the life, and care no more for such man-traps than a Melton man, well mounted on his strong-boned thorough-bred, does for a four-barred ox-fence that lies before him.
In this calculation, however, I was deceived; instead of anything of the sort, my eyes were greeted by a stiff ox-fence, with a rather unpleasantly high fall of ground into the lane beyond, -- a sort of place well fitted to winnow a hunting-field, and sift the gentlemen who come out merely to show their white gloves and buckskins, from the "real sort," who "mean going," and are resolved to see the end of the run.