[Phrases] Sit on the Fence

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Sit on the fence is to not make a decision or take a side when presented with two or more options or possibilities.

According to thefreedictionary, sit on the fence dates from the early nineteenth century and conjures up the image of a person who cannot or will not decide to which side of the fence to jump until it can be seen which way the cat is going to jump. Subsequently the term began to be applied to any kind of hedging.

For example,

You can’t sit on the fence any longer—you need to choose who of these two we need to fire.

The government has been sitting on the fence about legalizing marijuana for the past several years.

There are some other interesting phrases about “fence“. Follow me to learn about them!


1. mend (one’s) fences

To rectify a damaged relationship

After Jill heard that her father had become ill, she decided it was time for them to mend their fences before it was too late.

Is it too late to mend fences with my brother?

2. Good fences make good neighbors

Neighbors are best able to maintain positive relationships when they don’t intrude upon or harm each other’sland.

Jane: The guy next door is letting his party guests wander across our lawn again. 

Alan: I guess we’ll have to build a fence there. Good fences make good neighbors, like they say.

3. come off the fence

To make a decision or take a side when presented with two options or possibilities,

I’m I’m glad you’ve finally come off the fence and chosen a candidate for the job.

The government has finally come off the fence about that issue with this latest legislation.

4. rush one’s fences

To act hastily and recklessly; to not be prudent or cautious in one’s actions or decisions

If you rush your fences and simply hire the first candidate you interview, you are bound to be disappointed.

He had rushed his fences and that was why he lost the game.


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