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straddle the fence

To not commit to a decision or take a side when presented with two or more options or possibilities. You can't straddle the fence any longer—you need to choose who of these two we need to fire. The government has been straddling the fence about legalizing marijuana for the past several years.
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straddle the fence

Fig. to support both sides of an issue. (As if one were partly on either side of a fence.) 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.
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on the fence, be

Also, straddle the fence. Be undecided, not committed, as in I don't know if I'll move there; I'm still on the fence, or He's straddling the fence about the merger. This picturesque expression, with its implication that one can jump to either side, at first was applied mainly to political commitments. [Early 1800s]
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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.
See also: fence, straddle

straddle the fence

Informal
To be undecided or uncommitted.
See also: fence, straddle
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Every coach he ever had advised Dick Fosbury to give up his self-invented high jump style and jump "the right way," using the straddle technique.
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The queer highlight of the disc epitomizes their effort to straddle both worlds: the butch-lesbian identity narrative "Viz" (short for "visibility"), which couples bolish out dyke Samson's musings about her "pees" and "'stache" with a candy-coated confection of slick processed vocals, synths, and drum beats.
On same sex marriage, Bush is demonstrably against, while Kerry is rhetorically against but finds a resting place that allows him to straddle.
By retooling all milling operations on the line, especially the overheated straddle milling step, USM has more than tripled edge life and pocketed more than $200,000 a year in machining cost savings.
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Because some of the tribe's traditional lands straddle the U.