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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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Batanes is straddling the fence between its ancient ways and development.
"Charter schools are straddling the fence, on both sides, to make sure they have an advantageous legal position where it is harder to get them," sad Evan Lange, a Dallas workers' rights attorney who recently lost a case to an area charter school.
"If you are in an environment where you have, say for example, 20%-25% of your patients that are in an accountable care model and the rest of your entire panel is a fee-for-service model, then you're really not in a position to really reap the full benefit, and quite frankly you are straddling the fence in terms of both your work flow and patient delivery," Dr.
They're now making a comeback, straddling the fence between attractive ornament and -- to some people -- kitsch.
The Jordanian episode led to further isolation of Iraq, leaving it to face the tripartite coalition (Egypt-Syria-Saudi Arabia), while Jordan and Lebanon were straddling the fence.
Straddling the fence between the Arab world and Israeli society, I repeatedly encounter the need to dispel the ignorance which each side displays about the other.
100% tablet." The smartphone tablet really seems to be straddling the fence, using the operating system that Google designed specifically for the tablet form factor.
I pride myself on perfectly straddling the fence which finds life-and-soul-of-the-party on one side and a mindful soul on the other.
The company also is straddling the fence between pro and prosumer with its 3D Full HD twin-lens camera system introduced at CES.
However, for this G20 Summit straddling the fence in the middle might not be 
 a bad idea.
He sees Singapore's role lessening and Malaysia straddling the fence. Korea, on the other hand, is "sandwiched between Japanese technologies and Chinese pricing." He dismisses India's near-term influence, noting the country's total output was just $200 million in 2006.
Being a very out gay man--and having paid a heavy price to achieve this state of being--I resent that so many of those in the dating pool are still straddling the fence and want to drag me back into the closet with them.
The Wall was rejected, the committee was informed, 'on the grounds that SBS has recently acquired and broadcast a documentary entitled Straddling the Fence, which dealt with the same topic as The Wall in much the same way'.
Straddling the fence are the life and health insurance agents, under the aegis of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Property Casualty Insurers of America, traditionally a strong champion of state regulation.