That ability to straddle two sides of an acrimonious divide has served Leavell well—not only in politics, but also in music.
In an Internet video announcing his candidacy, Brown attempted this straddle without mentioning Schwarzenegger by name.
They're mostly girls who straddle the line between geeky and bad-ass, a look familiar to most of today's high-school students.
Spend some time with Fiasco and you can watch him straddle that line all day long.
When the camp is for one night only, straddle trenches suffice.
His mind was 'straddle the furrow' when Mr Ottarson came in.
straddle the furrow with your back in the direction you are going to hoe; or else stand on the left side of the furrow facing it.
C, who has the right to straddle the ante does not do so, so no other player may.
I've been here a year and I'm crazy to straddle a horse and ride off into the West.
These may be used as straddle trenches or a seat improvised.
1560s, probably an alteration of stridlen, frequentative of striden (see stride). U.S. colloquial sense of "take up an equivocal position, appear to favor both sides" is attested from 1838. Related: Straddled; straddling. The noun is first recorded 1610s.