side of the fence

side of the fence

A particular position or point of view in an argument or topic of debate. We may be on different sides of the fence about this issue, but that doesn't mean we can't work together. Senators will have to decide which side of the fence they're sitting on when the bill comes up for a vote next month.
See also: fence, of, side

my, her, the other, the same, etc. side of the ˈfence

my, the opposite, the same, etc. point of view or position in an argument: The former allies are now on opposite sides of the fence.Make up your mind — which side of the fence are you on?
See also: fence, of, side
References in classic literature ?
He had come on horseback, and must have passed through the neighbouring fields; for his horse was tied to the meadow side of the fence, within a few paces.
"It rots the wood, Bessie my girl," the captain would remark mildly, from his side of the fence, each time he saw her exercising that privilege.
1 sail-cloth from head to foot, would be emer- ging knee-deep out of rank grass and the tall weeks on his side of the fence. He appeared, with the col- our and uncouth stiffness of the extraordinary ma- terial in which he chose to clothe himself--"for the time being," would be his mumbled remark to any observation on the subject--like a man roughened out of granite, standing in a wilderness not big enough for a decent billiard-room.
On the farther side of the fence the old bee-keeper was shaving a hoop for a tub, and he did not see Levin.
He took the bike in Collyhust, before handing it to his accomplice on the other side of the fence.
Keosha Gordon was walking along Railway Drive towards the city's railway station at around 9pm on Saturday, May 18 when she noticed the woman standing on the wrong side of the fence talking on her mobile phone.
Over 41 participants in the protests on Friday also suffered various kinds of injuries from bullets and tear gas fired by soldiers stationed on the Israel side of the fence.
They said Afghan officials asked Pakistani officials to repair the fence only on the Pakistani side and leave the other side of the fence unattended.
Thousands of Palestinians are again expected to gather at five spots near the Gaza border on Friday, while Israeli soldiers and snipers will take up positions on the other side of the fence. Protest organisers said they were planning to try to stop smaller numbers of protesters approaching the fence and hurling stones or rolling burning tyres at Israeli troops, who killed 18 Palestinians last Friday.
'I said, look, you heard me when I said I am not into the habit of prosecuting people, especially from the other side of the fence, political fence,' the President said.
Dr Steve Ollerton is sitting on the other side of the fence and must know that to leave a population of Huddersfield's size without a local hospital is madness.
Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile also said that even though he and Arroyo were most of the time on the other side of the fence, they remained good friends.
It's not very often we get to contemplate our liberty, but after spending just under two hours inside a fictional German concentration camp you cannot help but imagine how it feels to be on the wrong side of the fence, particularly as a child.
The high yield of an olive tree on one side of the fence -- but with branches reaching over to the other -- precipitates a neighborhood feud about who actually owns the precious fruit.
On the other side of the fence, Salmond may have won the latest TV debate, but the further south of the border you travel, the more you realise how unpopular this divisive little toad is in England.