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X is sitting on the fence

  • 1 С-651

    СИДЕТЬ МЕЖДУ ДВУХ СТУЛЬЕВ (МЕЖДУ ДВУМЙ СТУЛЬЯМИ) disapprov VP subj: human often infin with нельзя) to be in a state of indecision, unable or unwilling to make a choice (often in refer, to choosing a side, point of view etc in political contexts, usu. refers to unprincipled behavior)
    X сидит между двух стульев — X is sitting on the fence
    (in limited contexts) X is a fence-sitter.
    «Этот случай должен показать, что нельзя быть двуликим Янусом и сидеть между двух стульев» (Эткинд 1). "This case should be a lesson to us that one must not act like a two-faced Janus, sitting on the fence..." (1a).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > С-651

  • 2 сидеть между двумя стульями

    СИДЕТЬ МЕЖДУ ДВУХ СТУЛЬЕВ < МЕЖДУ ДВУМЯ СТУЛЬЯМИ> disapprov
    [VP; subj; human; often infin with нельзя]
    =====
    to be in a state of indecision, unable or unwilling to make a choice (often in refer, to choosing a side, point of view etc; in political contexts, usu. refers to unprincipled behavior):
    - X сидит между двух стульев X is sitting on the fence;
    - [in limited contexts] X is a fence-sitter.
         ♦ "Этот случай должен показать, что нельзя быть двуликим Янусом и сидеть между двух стульев" (Эткинд 1). "This case should be a lesson to us that one must not act like a two-faced Janus, sitting on the fence..." (1a).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > сидеть между двумя стульями

  • 3 сидеть между двух стульев

    СИДЕТЬ МЕЖДУ ДВУХ СТУЛЬЕВ < МЕЖДУ ДВУМЯ СТУЛЬЯМИ> disapprov
    [VP; subj; human; often infin with нельзя]
    =====
    to be in a state of indecision, unable or unwilling to make a choice (often in refer, to choosing a side, point of view etc; in political contexts, usu. refers to unprincipled behavior):
    - X сидит между двух стульев X is sitting on the fence;
    - [in limited contexts] X is a fence-sitter.
         ♦ "Этот случай должен показать, что нельзя быть двуликим Янусом и сидеть между двух стульев" (Эткинд 1). "This case should be a lesson to us that one must not act like a two-faced Janus, sitting on the fence..." (1a).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > сидеть между двух стульев

  • 4 сидеть между двух стульев

    неодобр.
    lit. sit between two stools; cf. fall between two stools; sit on the fence; serve two masters; run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

    - Вот что я тебе скажу, Матвей, - голос Ларисы звучал твёрдо и спокойно. - Такой, как ты есть, ты мне не нужен. Да и тебе между двух стульев сидеть неловко. Забирай её и уезжай отсюда. Чтобы вас обоих и духу не было. А то пропадём все трое... (С. Антонов, Дело было в Пенькове) — 'And now listen to me, Matvei.' Larissa's voice was firm and calm. 'I don't want you the way you are now. You're not very comfortable either, sitting between two chairs. Take her and go away from here. Both of you get out and stay out. Or else all three of us will be finished...'

    - Ха! - сказала я горлом. - Жалкий трус! Вы думаете, что можно всю жизнь просидеть между двух стульев? (И. Грекова, Без улыбок) — 'Ha!' I said throatingly. 'You pathetic coward! You think you can spend your whole life sitting on the fence?'

    Русско-английский фразеологический словарь > сидеть между двух стульев

  • 5 М-319

    HE МЫЧИТ, HE ТЕЛИТСЯ highly coll, rather rude VP subj: human usu. 3rd pers pres only fixed WO
    one does not act in a situation where some action is necessary, expected of him etc: X не мычит (и) не телится = X is dragging his feet
    X is hanging back (in limited contexts) X is sitting on the fence.

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  • 6 не мычит, не телится

    НЕ МЫЧИТ, НЕ ТЕЛИТСЯ highly coll, rather rude
    [VP; subj: human; usu. 3rd pers; pres only; fixed WO]
    =====
    one does not act in a situation where some action is necessary, expected of him etc:
    - X не мычит (и) не телится X is dragging his feet;
    - [in limited contexts] X is sitting on the fence.

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > не мычит, не телится

См. также в других словарях:

  • sitting on the fence — on the fence, informal voters tend to shy away from candidates who are on the fence Syn: undecided, uncommitted, uncertain, unsure, vacillating, wavering, dithering, hesitant, doubtful, ambivalent, of two minds, in a quandary, hemming and hawing …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • (sitting) on the fence — (informal) UNDECIDED, uncommitted, uncertain, unsure, vacillating, wavering, dithering, hesitant, doubtful, ambivalent, in two minds, in a quandary; neutral, impartial, non partisan, open minded; Brit. humming and hawing. → fence …   Useful english dictionary

  • sitting on the fence — n. act of refusing to express an opinion one way or another (Politics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sit on the fence — 1. To avoid committing oneself 2. To remain neutral • • • Main Entry: ↑fence * * * sit/be/on the fence phrase to refuse to support either side in an argument …   Useful english dictionary

  • sit on the fence — See: ON THE FENCE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sit on the fence — See: ON THE FENCE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the fence — adjective characterized by indecision some who had been on the fence came out in favor of the plan too many voters still declare they are undecided • Syn: ↑undecided • Similar to: ↑indecisive * * * phrasal …   Useful english dictionary

  • be on the fence — sit/be/on the fence phrase to refuse to support either side in an argument People are on the fence, and we just have to take the initiative. The Government should stop sitting on the fence and make its position clear. Thesaurus: not having strong …   Useful english dictionary

  • sit on the fence — to delay making a decision when you have to choose between two sides in an argument or a competition. She criticized members of the committee for sitting on the fence and failing to make a useful contribution to the debate …   New idioms dictionary

  • on the fence — See sitting on the fence …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • on the fence —  Undecided.  ► “That’s why Greg Quick, first vice president at Commerce Mortgage Corp., says, ‘many people basically are sitting on the fence to see what happens.’ ” (Wall Street Journal, March 26, 1996, p. A2) …   American business jargon


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