Sit on the fence


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Sit on the fence

  • (idiom) avoid making a decision or choice

Sit on the fence Origin

  • During the American revolutionary war, a prominent person from New Jersey, Judge Imlay, could not decide which side to support – the Revolutionaries or the Loyalists. When asked for an opinion, it was stated that until Judge Imlay knew which was the strongest group, he would stay on the fence

Sit on the fence in a sentence (idiom usage in newspaper)

  • I have been sitting on the fence a long time, perfectly positioned between staying with her and leaving. How do get off the fence and decide?
  • A lot of people really don’t like others being opinionated, they would rather you sit on the fence instead of having a strong opinion.
  • Given the painful way we achieved Independence, it is shameful to sit on the fence.
  • I’m not saying one should sit on the fence, or reserve any point of view.


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