EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRADDLING
Jukes, straddling his long legs like a pair of compasses, put on an air of superiority.
Straddling the rail behind it, and similarly dripping, was a—migawd!
The regulars went to bat, laughing, Siebold straddling the plate.
Above and below, straddling the river, were two defensive lines.
As it was, he was now face down on the floor and Red was straddling him, holding him there.
A Mexican was straddling Moffatt, one hand about his throat.
Lathrop, straddling his bicycle, peered anxiously down the road.
The art of straddling is not confined to the political arena.
Straddling the log, he started to get his baited hook in motion.
These go in the center of the horizontal frame, "straddling" the vertical strips, as shown in the illustration.
1560s, probably an alteration of stridlen, frequentative of striden (see stride). U.S. colloquial sense of "take up an equivocal position, appear to favor both sides" is attested from 1838. Related: Straddled; straddling. The noun is first recorded 1610s.