One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she straddled the motorbike and revved it up’
sit astride, stand astride, bestride, bestraddle
mount, get on
2‘a mountain range straddling the Franco-Swiss border’
lie on both sides of, be situated on both sides of, extend across
3‘a man who had straddled the issue of taxes’
be equivocal about, be undecided about, be non-committal about, equivocate about, vacillate about, waver about
British hum and haw
informal sit on the fence
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