fence mending

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Noun1.fence mending - social action to improve poor relations (especially in politics); "they moved forward from a period of fence mending to substantive changes in the country"
social action - a social policy of reform (especially socioeconomic reform)
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AFTER weeks of consultations and fence mending, peace seems to return to the rank of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo state chapter as the national headquarters of the partya has finally harmonised the state executive of the party.
Kim said there was no chance of passage even if the deal was submitted, making it possible to assume that the government has made a promise it can't keep or its fence mending was nothing but a stopgap that will be defrayed.
More than 170 year eight students sps ent the day at Ministeracres Retreat, in Northumberland, where they were given tasks to complete including thistle bashing, grass cutting, fence mending, bird box making and undertaking a survey on the local wildlife.
At Tucker Hill Farm, Heinrich, or Henry, his American name, helped gather maple sap for syrup, deliver baby lambs, plow and plant crops, and cut trees for firewood and fence mending.
The decision by Hamas to boycott reconciliation talks with Fatah in Cairo, forcing Egypt to cancel the meeting altogether, throws away what was a decent opportunity for urgent fence mending.
And when the lawn needs mowing and the fence mending, well, they're there to take care of that, too.