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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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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.
See also: fence, straddle

straddle the fence

Informal
To be undecided or uncommitted.
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But he was belatedly told he had straddled a gate and the same fate befell Raich, who skiied out on the final run of the competition giving Ligety the title.
This is a book that intends to grab the attention of the curious reader who wants to know more about this world civilization that straddled East and West in the Middle Ages.
"The straddled milling operation ran so hot before, it melted the paint on the parts," says Dave Yambrosic, USM tool engineer assigned to the retooling.
But his hopes of repeating the feat against the big boys ended when he caught his tail ends and straddled a gate.
The fullback moved half a step to his right so that he straddled the center's right foot, and our QB moved back to a point next to the fullback so that he straddled the center's left foot.