straddle the fence


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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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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.
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With careful planning and efficient use of time and resources, educators can indeed straddle the fence and implement test practices and best practices.
Especially when you straddle the fence and start working for the media like Ian Botham, whose reputation has soared since he packed hi s whites away and started spouting forth for Sky.
Quite obviously, on further consideration, I should no longer straddle the fence, offering, instead, my own version of "two thumbs up.
Modern managers therefore must straddle the fence as generalists on the one hand and specialists on the other.
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For years, the association had tried to straddle the fence between the large firms that paid the bills and the small firms that made up the bulk of its membership.