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Sit on the Rail

or Fence (To). To refuse to promise your support to a party; to reserve your vote.

“In American slang, he was always sitting on the rail between Catholics and Huguenots.” —The Times.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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