v. strad·dled, strad·dling, strad·dles
a. To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride: straddle a horse.
b. To be on both sides of; extend over or across: a car straddling the centerline.
2. To appear to favor both sides of (an issue).
3. To fire shots behind and in front of (a target) in order to determine the range.
1. To walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart, especially to sit astride.
2. To spread out in a disorderly way; sprawl.
3. To appear to favor both sides of an issue.
4. To place a bet in poker before the cards are dealt that is twice the amount of the big blind when one is immediately to the left of the big blind.
1. The act or posture of sitting astride.
2. An equivocal or a noncommittal position.
3. The simultaneous purchase or sale of a call option and a put option with the same strike price and expiration date as a means of speculating on the degree of price change in the underlying asset.
4. The bet made when straddling in poker.
straddle the fence Informal
To be undecided or uncommitted.
[Akin to STRIDE.]
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