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Sitting on the fence

Posted by David FG on February 14, 2010 at 12:12

In Reply to: Sitting on the fence posted by Dave Rado on February 14, 2010 at 11:27:

: What is the origin of the phrase "sitting on the fence"?

I think the allusion is fairly straightforward. If I sit astride my garden fence, one leg either side (I imagine it would uncomfortable, so I don't do it often, or indeed, at all) I am neither on one side nor the other, but 'distributed' evenly between the two, and can, with equal ease, drop to either side.