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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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Author Julius Bailey straddles the fence of social-science research and philosophy, using empirical data and current affairs to direct his empathy-laced discourse.
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Descartes straddles the fence on most theological issues; it is the consequences of his views that challenge religious orthodoxy.
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Rather than clarify anything, the book straddles the fence on the issue.
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Richardson straddles the fence on the issue of the nature of the ontology: it is an accurate picture of the way the world is put together, but it is subject to perspectivism which denies any kind of true correspondence between subject and object.