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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.
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straddle the fence

Informal
To be undecided or uncommitted.
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The Ackermanian straddler strongly refuses formal interpretation on the procedural side.
So I guess for my son's sake as well as for our own, I'm a real fence straddler.
In addition to tracking mobile populations, the country has increased coordination with other international agencies such as the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and separated the high-risk mobile populations into four groups: 1) straddlers (persons who travel regularly between the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan), 2) long distance travelers, 3) nomads, and 4) returnees, with a uniquely targeted strategy for tracking each group's movement and vaccinating their children.
By the 1972 Olympics, most of the jumpers were floppers, and by 1976 there were not many straddlers at all.
The guide explains the three "kinds of attitudes" that agents of cultural change will face: "The Believers," who are "cooperative; excited; participative; contributive"; "The Fence Straddlers," who are "suspicious; observers; cautious; potentially open-minded"; and "The Skeptics," who are "critical; passive aggressive; isolated; traditional.
Desired targets, such as cut-ins and lane straddlers, can be missed because of the reduced azimuth coverage.