sit on the fence

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sit on the fence definition


To remain neutral, to refuse to take sides in a dispute; often used in a derogatory way about someone who lacks the courage to decide: “The councilman is afraid he'll lose votes if he takes sides on the zoning issue, but he can't sit on the fence forever.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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