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.
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.