(to be) on the fence

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on the fence

"(to be) on the fence"

to be undecided


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the fence

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you voting Democrat or Republican in the upcoming election?

Friend 2:  I'm on the fence.

Friend 1:  The election is next week.

Friend 2:  I'll make a decision by then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the fence

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What is your decision regarding the choice of advertising company?

Colleague 2:  I'm on the fence.

Colleague 1:  Why is that?

Colleague 2:  Both companies offer superior products at good prices. It's a really difficult decision.

(to be) on the fence - Usage:


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(to be) on the fence - Gerund Form:

Being on the fence could show a weakness in your ability to make decisions.

(to be) on the fence - Examples:

1)  ... given the small number of still on the fence. Indeed, opinion polls suggest most voters have already made their choice.

2)  ... in and see if they're really deal-breakers. If you're still on the fence in a month or so, then it's probably time to say goodbye.

3)  If you've read this far and are still on the fence, you should probably weigh this case against a slimmer case with a separate screen ...

4)  Brazil, meanwhile, is on the fence, courting proposals from Negroponte and also AMD.

5)  Those on the fence about converting to Islam may have decided to do so on principle.

6)  No sitting on the fence or making excuses... contact your senator and make your disgust at their continued supporter ...

7)  In prior years, I was on the fence, liked parts of both campaigns and could have gone either way.

8)  For those on the fence, sometimes a nudge is all they need.

9)  I think that since you are on the fence about changing Realtors that indicates there is something you like about your current one.

10)  If people were more willing to see movies they were on the fence about, I think the audience scores would be a lot different than they are.

11)  ... you took some action and learned from your mistakes, instead of sitting on the fence and criticising. 

12)  My girlfriend has a terminal illness and is on the fence about getting into a car lease.

13)  If I had been on the fence (again, I wasn't) that debate might have pushed me over.

14)  ... merger has come out that may get any Metro folk that are still on the fence about the deal to get behind it.

15)  ... but he was working at a startup and was on the fence about making the leap.

16)  Really, I wished I had purchased that Benadryl I was on the fence about buying, since it was for sedation purposes only.

17)  I want to start investing, but I'm on the fence about it. I'm not sure if it's the way to go.

18)  I was on the fence between trying a Windows 8 phone and going with a Nexis.

19)  He does not sit on the fence like so many others. He comes right out and tells the reader what he ...

20)  The politician sat on the fence and would not give his opinion about the tax issue.