“To sit on a fence” – English idiom



Example sentences from the web:

  • No one knows which of the candidates Joan will vote for. She is sitting on the fence.

  • I am sitting on a fence here, to go or not to go?

  • Many customers are still on the fence waiting to see if a better, less expensive computer will come along.

As you can see in the last example sentence, a variation of this idiom is “to be on a/the fence“, with the same meaning.

Examples from the news:

  • Bond Market Just Sitting On The Fence – (New York Times, August 19, 1995)

  • In fact, I would think that he would get even more votes – from people who were sitting on the fence before […] (Yushchenko sitting pretty, BBC News, December 4, 2004).

  • “It is not a question of sitting on the fence,” he said. “This is an important decision and it’s important we get it right.” (Simon Wright in a corner on tuition fees, BBC News , November 3, 2010).



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