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verb [transitive] British ring-fence pronunciation in British English 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyring-fence
he/she/itring-fences
present participlering-fencing
past tensering-fenced
past participlering-fenced
  1. to make sure that money intended for a particular purpose is not used for anything else

    Fuel tax will be ring-fenced for improving the public transport system.

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