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Jump over the fence vs Jump over the wall

jump over the fence—(coll.) exceed the limits of reasonable conduct; go too far:

  • She goes pretty near the knuckle sometimes, but she never jumps over the fence.

Note: The expression is not antonymous in meaning to the phrase sit on the fence—be undecided in opinion or action:

  • The French delegation, which has hitherto been sitting on the fence, has suddenly become exceedingly active.

jump over the wall —(also: go over the wall) leave a religious order:

  • No one knows how many religious have jumped over the wall—partly because it is so easy today to take a leave of absence and never return.