- 1Sit or stand with one leg on either side of: he turned the chair around and straddled itMore example sentences
- He turned the chair around and straddled it at the side of the bed, leaning his chin on the back, peering at me like he'd just uncovered a new species of primate.
- But here they are again, six whalers sitting as they used to, straddling chairs built from wooden boxes with binoculars attached to the high backs.
- He cried out and rolled on his side as she straddled him and grabbed the collar of his jacket.
- 1.1Place (one’s legs) wide apart: he shifted his legs, straddling them to keep his balanceMore example sentences
- She pulled herself onto the bed and straddled her legs over his waist leaning forward to kiss his neck.
- As the rope passes underneath your feet, lunge your left leg forward and your right foot backward so that your feet are straddled about a stride's length apart.
- 1.2 [no object] • archaic Stand, walk, or sit with one’s legs wide apart.More example sentences
- At points the passage was wide enough to make straddling difficult but eventually we were able to climb up to a drier section and yet more challenging climbing.
- He straddled over to the car and gently slid her into the backseat.
- 1.3Extend across or be situated on both sides of: a mountain range straddling the Franco-Swiss borderMore example sentences
lie on both sides of, extend across, span
- It is located on the Rwandan side of a mountain range that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
- We took off towards the magnificent mountains that straddled the Sligo / Leitrim border.
- The proposed site was spread across five townlands in the Mullaghereirk mountains which straddle the Limerick, Cork and Kerry borders.
- 1.4North American Take up or maintain an equivocal position with regard to (a political issue): a man who had straddled the issue of taxesMore example sentences
be equivocal about, be undecided about, equivocate about, vacillate about, waver about, waffle on• informal sit on the fence regarding
- He straddles issues with as much vigor as most politicians, but nonetheless manages to retain a reputation as a straight talking guy who says what he means and means what he says.
- But long ago he blew a chance by straddling the war issue - opposing going to war without a multilateral coalition yet empowering Bush to do so.
- The Democrats' leaders in Congress have tried to straddle the issue.
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- 1An act of sitting or standing with one’s legs wide apart.More example sentences
- Well the toe-touch is where you jump and your legs go out like a straddle, as if you were sitting on the floor with your legs out in a straddle, and you've got to touch your toes.
- The height of romanticism; there was little else I could do apart from down my drink, suppress a ladylike belch and swing my legs around you in an elegant straddle.
- The hardest part of this trick is getting your hips to start moving upward from the straddle.
- 2 Stock Market A simultaneous purchase of options to buy and to sell a security or commodity at a fixed price, allowing the purchaser to make a profit whether the price of the security or commodity goes up or down.More example sentences
- When they think that the saturation point has been reached, they reverse their position: they replace their existing straddles with the opposite ones.
- Calendar spreads, straddles, strangles and butterflies are some of the strategies designed to profit from those types of situations.
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- People who live together and then want a big traditional wedding are very conspicuous fence straddlers.
- They are rallying the faithful and reaching out to the fence straddlers in the final push for your vote.
- At least the Democrats have a candidate smart enough to avoid playing into the public's just-forming impression of him as a straddler and positioner.
mid 16th century: alteration of dialect striddle, back-formation from dialect striddling 'astride', from stride + the adverbial suffix -ling.