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come off the fence

To make a decision or take a side when presented with two options or possibilities, usually after a period of indecision or delay. I'm glad you've finally come off the fence and chosen a candidate for the job. The government has finally come off the fence about that issue with this latest legislation.
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come off the fence

If someone comes off the fence, they at last state their opinion about something or show who they support. These events have forced the President to come off the fence and support the market reformers. Note: Verbs such as climb or get can be used instead of come. It is time for us to get off the fence, to speak up, and to vote.
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And these members who are coming off the fence and calling me, tell me that they feel a great sense of relief."
Among their topics are whether a universal basic income can become the basis for working better in a fast-changing world, coming off the fence on universal basic income, why basic income can never be a progressive solution, basic income and the democratization of development in Europe, and the post social democratic pathway for the 21st century: the Dutch example.
"The core support for each of the major party candidates has stayed largely unchanged, but the bad news for Trump is that more of the undecideds 6 and some third party supporters 6 who are now coming off the fence are moving to Clinton," said Tom Sutton, Baldwin Wallace University political science professor and director of the Community Research Institute, in a press release.
He said: "January and February were very disappointing and it wasn't until about the middle of March that we saw activity with people coming off the fence and deciding to buy or to sell.
"Although there is a steady decline in mortgage rates, fewer people are coming off the fence to make that big-ticket purchase for the first time," Moshe said.
Oil giants coming off the fence Any oil company anywhere in the world would have been misguided not to see the unravelling of the newest and perhaps last global oil frontier before their very eyes.
They also maintain electrical contact while keeping the hangers from coming off the fence wire."
This time Ikezoe rode a strange race, coming off the fence on the home turn, bumping with Mood Indigo when unable to get to the outer, then diving back towards the inside and causing further interference before hitting the front at the furlong pole.
Coming off the fence, I think Newcastle skipper Hugh Vyvyan will lift the cup but it will be desperately close with a smattering of points separating the two sides at the end.
In that way perhaps we can look forward to Plaid Cymru's coming off the fence and openly declaring its opposition to the racist utterances that emerge from the em bittered lips of a few nationalist minorities in Wales.
A growing band of fund managers are coming off the fence to say that the worst in now behind us.
The "undecideds" are coming off the fence - and Labour have gained the most.
" At Inghams, another market leader, managing director Andy Perrin says: "Webcams show much early snow already - notably in Sauze d'Oulx, which has had problems in the past - and with snow both in Austria and France down to 200m, and Obergurgl already open, skiers are coming off the fence by making firm bookings.
"Values are continuing to rise at a steady, consistent pace and new inventory is slowly coming to market as more and more long-time owners are coming off the fence to sell in an environment where interest rates are at all-time lows, demand is unrelenting and looming tax increases are on the horizon."
"It's fine to set the pace, but going wide and taking one with you or coming off the fence to let another one through is not.