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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

To be undecided or uncommitted.
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While a comprehensive discussion of the straddle rules is not within the scope of this item, the straddle rules include (1) the wash-sale rule under Temp.
Some phrases offer a choice of 6-letter tautonymic straddles: FIND INDISPENSABLE (above *) has the two tautonymic straddles INDIND and NDINDI.
If a trader sells volatility through straddles and the market goes down, the value of the short position in the straddles drops considerably, more than the loss incurred on a long position in the market.
The duration of this display is typically about one second after which the aggressor chases after and/or tries to straddle the other lizard.
The straddle tracking capabilities complement other GainsKeeper FundTaxPro functionality currently integrated with Linedata MFact, including tracking, calculating and reporting of tax adjustments related to wash sales and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
1092(a)(2), identified straddles are not subject to Sec.
The IRS also ruled that when an exchange of two encumbered properties straddles two years, any net increase in a partner's share of partnership liability is taken into account for Sec.
Lima's North Paul's Pond property straddles the contact between two groups of sediments of Ordovician-Silurian age, the coarser clastic Davidsville Group to the southeast and the Botwood Group to the northwest which is finer in grain size and more carbonate-rich in composition.
The reservation straddles the Nevada-Idaho border and is one of the most remote and thinly populated areas of the lower 48 states.
Mafic volcanics and volcanic-derived sediments underlie the main part of the Property and an extensive shear zone containing chlorite+sericite+carbonate schist straddles the Stull-Wunnumin and Rapson Bay fault zones.
Each claim group lies near or straddles intrusive contacts between lower Jurassic Rossland Group volcanic and sedimentary rocks and later Jurassic intermediate intrusions.
Two of the lines straddle the projection of the Lost Eagle vein while the third line straddles a fault or shear zone in an area where anomalous lead values were found by geochemical soil sampling.
Block 30/2a and Block 30/1b contain the 30/2-1 Palaeocene discovery, which straddles both blocks.
The new, state-of-the-art manufacturing, testing and assembly facility brings the total square footage of Tellium's headquarters campus - which straddles West Long Branch and Oceanport - to more than 165,000 square feet.