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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.
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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
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What Happened in the Playground Today They were all squabbling, shouting and crying Couldn't hear me calling, I could have been dying I tried looking severe, then I pulled out a chair Put on my glasses and gave them a glare The debate it went on no one listened to me All I wanted was someone to take note of my plea I want to discuss and use some common sense To get us all working both sides of the fence But all they could think of was how to tax more A bit from the rich, but far more from the poor They were like school kids posh I'll agree But they all carried on like kids aged about three I couldn't believe that these people could fight Like kids in a playground with fists held up tight I gave up and went home in utter despair If that's how they govern I'll never go there.
Here, two commentators on opposing sides of the fence put forward their views.
It's the innocent people on both sides of the fence who are suffering."
Ben Cooper, Radio 1 controller, said there were "very difficult and emotional arguments on both sides of the fence".
He understands the challenges of the business from both sides of the fence having successfully undertaken major engineering programmes on behalf of a high quality manufacturer, operating 24/7 to meet global demand.
I AM not really sure whether Lib Dem councillors Tom Woodwark and David Faulkner (Views of the North, February 13 & 14) were drowning or waving in their attempts to span both sides of the fence over Newcastle City Council's budget.
They knew what it was like on both sides of the fence.
"On both sides of the fence are dedicated people who are aware that we are confronted with profound challenges," Ingram said in his sermon.
This often-wry book, whose title comes from a case of mistaken identity, is part autobiography and part career guide, written from the perspective of one who has lived on both sides of the fence and maintains a healthy wariness of each.
Attempting to support the Government view that the loss-making postal system must be reformed, while also trying to respond positively to voters' fury about the loss of local outlets, is an impossible task even for politicians used to sitting on both sides of the fence.
Two former teammates from a Huddersfield club found themselves on opposite sides of the fence for their respective University teams this week.
There are arguments on both sides of the fence. The AFL-CIO, New York Times, and many other media outlets tend to assume that CEO pay is out of control and needs to be arrested.
Who knew Dublin teemed with so many great-looking 20-something bisexuals who, even if incredibly self-obsessed, seem relatively unconflicted about playing both sides of the fence? At least that's the lasting impression left by Goldfish Memory, writer-director Liz Gill's cheery, brisk, and lively romantic comedy in which a group of amiable interconnected couples hook up, part, and recombine in ways that suggest La Ronde lite.
"Mothers and daughters who used to be on opposite sides of the fence ...
Now it appears that the C.W.L.'s National Executive is continuing to try to sit on both sides of the fence, this time, in its lack of support for Rita Curley who was expressing the Church's stand on homosexual unions.