To be on the fence


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To be on the fence to be undecided or uncommitted in respect to two opposing parties or policies.
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    “The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.”


In literature:

I wanted to get some more sheep, and there was the new run to be fenced in, and the instalments on the selections.
"Joe Wilson and His Mates" by Henry Lawson
I'm glad we're to be on the same side of the fence.
"Flappers and Philosophers" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
But she had now to be on guard, constantly in the fencing attitude.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
The same method of training, with modifications to suit the case, may be employed on sides of buildings, walls, fences and lattices.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
There's a whole lot to be done before we can say we're on the safe side of the fence.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
Be on the watch to whistle or call out "Fence," the instant you perceive that he is thinking of quitting the field.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
There ought to be lots of ghosts on those abandoned farms and in those houses where the fences are down.
"Stories That End Well" by Octave Thanet
It was a peculiarity of his to be always on the wrong side of the fence.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
There is scarcely a fence on the prairie, there being no stock to speak of and no wood at hand for posts.
"Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan" by Frances Halton Eva Hasell
As the bath-house was outside of the wire fence, we could only get to it by going on parole, or by being marched out in groups.
"13 Days" by John Alan Lyde Caunter

In poetry:

The small lads gave him useful hints, he told them to be gone,
And when he chased them off the fence he turned the petrol on;
Then, man, he gave a thumping kick and swung into the seat,
And here my hero motor-man goes shooting down the Street.
"My Curate's Motor Bike" by John O Brien

In news:

If you've been sitting on the fence regarding whether or not to get a cat, this video might be all you need to sway you either way.
Tom Outwin will be the first person to tell you that he has received a good turn on more than one occasion when it comes to fencing.
T onight, when Paul "Randsplainer" Ryan and Joe "The Bulldog" Biden butt heads, it might be useful to know just which side of the fence you're on: The takers , or the makers.
Statistics show that obesity and diabetes are on a trajectory to be to today's kids what a house and white-picket fence were to the previous generation.
BERKELEY, Calif (AP) — Berkeley on Tuesday became what is thought to be the nation's first city to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals , a sexual minority that often complains of being derided as sexually confused fence-sitters.
Putting aside how monumentally bad I'd probably be at working the other side of the fence , I'm perfectly happy on this side as long as someone is willing to give me space to write about things that interest me.
STEUBENVILLE — The city parks and recreation board on Wednesday unanimously approved a vinyl fence to be installed around the western playground at Belleview Park and will ask City Council to adopt.
Doors for this show are at 5pm and Impending Doom will be joined on stage by Within The Ruins, Erra, To Each His Own, Swing For The Fences and Cruelty.
Museum board members are asking residents to be on the lookout for half of the gate on the iron fence surrounding the property.
While local residents seemed to be on the fence about converting the inactive Rockaway Rail Line into a park, most seemed to be sure about one thing—they didn't want to reactivate it.
Conventional winglets have come to be widely used on airliners, whether in the form of the Airbus A320's wingtip fence or the up-swept devices characteristic of the A330/340 and Boeing 747-400.
The motion's too slow to be visible but it is racing, racing feeling for a way across the wall of fence it's scrawling on, inches added every day.

In science:

The perimeter fencing lighting shall be accomplished with dusk to dawn utility fixtures on 20 ft high round steel fencing poles. These fixtures will have integral photocells.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake