straddle the fence


straddle the fence
tv. to support both sides of an issue.
The mayor is straddling the fence on this issue, hoping the public will forget it.
The legislator wanted to straddle the fence until the last minute, and that alone cost her a lot of votes.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • straddle the fence — phrasal to be in a position of neutrality or indecision …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Straddle — Strad dle, v. t. To place one leg on one side and the other on the other side of; to stand or sit astride of; as, to straddle a fence or a horse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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