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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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1. (tr) to have one leg, part, or support on each side of
2. (tr) informal US and Canadian to be in favour of both sides of (something)
3. (intr) to stand, walk, or sit with the legs apart
4. (tr) to spread (the legs) apart
5. (Military) military to fire a number of shots slightly beyond and slightly short of (a target) to determine the correct range
6. (Card Games) (intr) (in poker, of the second player after the dealer) to double the ante before looking at one's cards
7. the act or position of straddling
8. a noncommittal attitude or stand
9. (Stock Exchange) commerce a contract or option permitting its purchaser to either sell or buy securities or commodities within a specified period of time at specified prices. It is a combination of a put and a call option. Compare spread24c
10. (Athletics (Track & Field)) athletics a high-jumping technique in which the body is parallel with the bar and the legs straddle it at the highest point of the jump
11. (Card Games) (in poker) the stake put up after the ante in poker by the second player after the dealer
12. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) Irish a wooden frame placed on a horse's back to which panniers are attached
[C16: frequentative formed from obsolete strad- (Old English strode), past stem of stride]
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v. -dled, -dling,
1. to walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart; stand or sit astride.
2. to be positioned wide apart, as the legs.
3. to favor or appear to favor both of two opposite sides; equivocate.v.t.
4. to stand or sit astride of: to straddle a horse.
5. to favor or appear to favor both sides of: straddle an issue.n.
6. an act or instance of straddling.
7. the taking of a noncommittal position.
8. the simultaneous purchase of a stock option to buy and one to sell, in an effort to hedge one's risk.
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Past participle: straddled
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An old style of high jumping in which a jumper takes off from the foot nearest to the bar, crossing it stomach downward in a draped position.
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|Noun||1.||straddle - a noncommittal or equivocal position|
|2.||straddle - a gymnastic exercise performed with a leg on either side of the parallel bars|
gymnastic exercise - (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
|3.||straddle - the act of sitting or standing astride|
call option, call - the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
put, put option - the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
|4.||straddle - the option to buy or sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date; consists of an equal number of put and call options|
option - the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited
|Verb||1.||straddle - sit or stand astride of|
be - occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
|2.||straddle - range or extend over; occupy a certain area; "The plants straddle the entire state"|
constitute, make up, comprise, be, represent - form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
spread-eagle - stretch over; "His residences spread-eagle the entire county"
|3.||straddle - be noncommittal|
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1. sit astride, bestride, mount, sit with legs either side of He looked at her with a grin and sat down, straddling the chair.
2. span, cross, bridge, vault, traverse, range over, extend across, arch across A small wooden bridge straddled the dike.
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straddle[ˈstrædl] VT [+ horse] → montar a horcajadas, ponerse a horcajadas sobre; [+ target] → horquillar; [town] [+ river etc] → hacer puente sobre
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= be astride) [+ horse, bike, chair, person] → enfourcher
(= be across) [+ road, river, border] → enjamber
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
vt (standing) → breitbeinig or mit gespreizten Beinen stehen über (+dat); (sitting) → rittlings sitzen auf (+dat); (jumping) → grätschen über (+acc); (fig) differences → überbrücken; two continents, border → überspannen; periods → gehen über; he straddled the fence/horse etc → er saß rittlings auf dem Zaun/Pferd etc; to straddle the border/river → sich über beide Seiten der Grenze/beide Ufer des Flusses erstrecken; to straddle an issue (US inf) → in einer Frage zwischen zwei Lagern schwanken
n (Sport) → Grätsche f; (in high jump) → Schersprung m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
straddle[ˈstrædl] vt (subj, person, stream) → stare a gambe divaricate su; (chair) → stare a cavalcioni di; (horse) → stare in groppa a; (subj, bridge, stream) → essere sospeso/a sopra; (subj, town, border) → essere a cavallo di
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