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straddle (v.)

1560s, "spread the legs wide," probably an alteration of striddle (mid-15c.), frequentative of striden (see stride (v.)). Transitive sense "place one leg on one side of and the other on the other side of" is from 1670s. U.S. colloquial figurative 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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Definitions of straddle from WordNet
1
straddle (n.)
a noncommittal or equivocal position;
straddle (n.)
a gymnastic exercise performed with a leg on either side of the parallel bars;
straddle (n.)
the act of sitting or standing astride;
Synonyms: span
straddle (n.)
the option to buy or sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date; consists of an equal number of put and call options;
2
straddle (v.)
sit or stand astride of;
straddle (v.)
range or extend over; occupy a certain area;
The plants straddle the entire state
Synonyms: range
straddle (v.)
be noncommittal;
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