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    I wonder if there is an idiomatic expression in English to describe the behaviour of a person who in front of two opposing points does not take a position and tries to agree with one and with the other opponents. the equivalent expression in Italian would be " (dare) un colpo al cerchio e uno alla botte" .
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    Default Re: Searching an Idiom

    Hi

    fence sitter Noun. Informal

    One who takes a position of neutrality or indecision, as in a controversial matter

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    Default Re: Searching an Idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I wonder if there is an idiomatic expression in English to describe the behaviour of a person who in front of two opposing points does not take a position and tries to agree with one and with the other opponents. the equivalent expression in Italian would be " (dare) un colpo al cerchio e uno alla botte" .
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    Hi,
    'Fence-sitter' implies complete neutrality, but I think what you're getting at is a little different. As soon as I can think of how to translate this, I'll write.

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    How about 'run with the hare and hunt with the hounds' = to support two competing sides in an argument

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