sit on the fence (third-person singular simple present sits on the fence, present participle sitting on the fence, simple past and past participle sat on the fence)
1898 British cartoon using the phrase
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To remain neutral on a certain topic, to not have a stance or opinion.
- 1897, John James Procter, The philosopher in the clearing, page 240:
- and Bloomah will sometimes sit on the fence, concerning whose discretion, the same thing may be said...
- 1956, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain), Theology, page 22:
- The curate refused to label himself; so the squire growled, "Oh, you sit on the fence, do you?"
- 1972, Joseph Robinson, The first book of Kings, page 207:
- Elijah stepped forward and said to the people, "How long will you sit on the fence? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him."