straddle (v.) 1560s, probably an alteration of stridlen, frequentative of striden (see STRIDE (Cf. stride)). U.S. colloquial sense of "take up an equivocal position, appear to favor both sides" is attested from 1838. Related: Straddled; straddling. The noun is first recorded 1610s.

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