Sit on the fence

Nicole H. Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “sit on the fence.”

What does “sit on the fence” mean?

“Sit on the fence” means:

  • To avoid making a choice or decision between two or more possibilities
  • Not to take sides in a dispute


  • You can’t sit on the fence any longer—you need to choose whether you are staying in Nova Scotia or accepting to take that job in Ottawa.
  • It’s clear that Laura is the one to blame in this situation, so why are you still on the fence and not siding with me?

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