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straddle

verb [T] uk   /ˈstræd.l̩/ us  
to sit or stand with your legs on either side of something: He pulled on his helmet and straddled the motorbike. Something that straddles a line, such as a border or river, exists on each side of it or goes across it: Our farm straddles the railway line. to combine different styles or subjects: It's described as a new kind of dance music which straddles jazz and soul. mainly US disapproving to be unable to decide which of two opinions about a subject is better and so partly support both opinions: It's not the first time this year that the president has been accused of straddling an issue.
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