fence-strad|dling


fence-strad|dling
fence-strad|dling «FEHNS STRAD lihng», noun, adjective. U.S. Informal.
–n.
the attempt to get along with both sides in a controversy: »

The motives behind neutrality are noble or realistic according as one views neutralism as a moral force…or as a policy of fence-straddling, pure and simple (Atlantic).

–adj.
pleasing or intended to please both sides in a controversy.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • strad´dling|ly — strad|dle «STRAD uhl», verb, dled, dling, noun. –v.i. 1. to walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart: »to straddle over a fence watching cars go by. 2. (of the legs) to stand wide apart. 3. Informal, Figurative. to avoid taking sides; attempt …   Useful english dictionary

  • fence-strad|dler — «FEHNS STRAD uhr», noun. U.S. Informal. a person who tries to get along with both sides in a controversy …   Useful english dictionary

  • strad´dler — strad|dle «STRAD uhl», verb, dled, dling, noun. –v.i. 1. to walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart: »to straddle over a fence watching cars go by. 2. (of the legs) to stand wide apart. 3. Informal, Figurative. to avoid taking sides; attempt …   Useful english dictionary

  • strad|dle — «STRAD uhl», verb, dled, dling, noun. –v.i. 1. to walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart: »to straddle over a fence watching cars go by. 2. (of the legs) to stand wide apart. 3. Informal, Figurative. to avoid taking sides; attempt to favor… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rad|dle — rad|dle1 «RAD uhl», noun, verb, dled, dling. –n. 1. one of the many slender sticks fastened to or woven between upright stakes, as to form a fence. 2. such sticks. 3. a fence made of them. –v.t. = interweave. (Cf. ↑interweave) ╂[< Anglo French …   Useful english dictionary

  • Straddle — Strad dle, v. t. To place one leg on one side and the other on the other side of; to stand or sit astride of; as, to straddle a fence or a horse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astraddle — /euh strad l/, adv., adj., prep. astride with one leg on each side of; astride: sitting astraddle a fence. [1695 1705; A 1 + STRADDLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • hurdle — hur•dle [[t]ˈhɜr dl[/t]] n. v. dled, dling 1) spo a portable fencelike barrier over which contestants must leap in certain running races 2) spo hurdles, (used with a sing. v.) a track race in which contestants leap over a series of such barriers… …   From formal English to slang


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