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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.
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straddle the fence

Informal
To be undecided or uncommitted.
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"He reached the point at which he had straddled the fence but he was told by the emergency services not to cross the fence.
Like France's music provocateur Luc Ferrari, Kagel straddled the fence between court jester and cultural ambassador.
As we are seeing on a national level, that theme was so resonant for Barack Obama that, following his impressive victory in the Iowa caucuses, it was immediately co-opted by all the contending politicians who straddled the fence while a true leader defined the agenda.
The media so far has straddled the fence. News outlets happily report both sides: statements by Ackermann's supporters about salary envy and damage to Germany's business reputation, and his opponents' sermons on corporate greed and abuse of the public trust.
Although perceived as a children's author, he has always straddled the fence uncomfortably between the young and the adult reader; his books are infused with loss, sadness and frustration and the endings are rarely upbeat.
My initial response straddled the fence: in some ways, yes; in other ways, no.