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straddle

/strad·dle/ (strad´'l)
1. to extend over or across, to be on both sides.
2. to have one leg on each opposite side of something.
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Soon he got up again and stared for a long time it the sinking world below, at white cliffs to the east and flattening marsh to the left, at a minute wide prospect of weald and downland, at dim towns and harbours and rivers and ribbon-like roads, at ships and ships, decks and foreshortened funnels upon the ever-widening sea, and at the great mono-rail bridge that straddled the Channel from Folkestone to Boulogne, until at last, first little wisps and then a veil of filmy cloud hid the prospect from his eyes.
They straddled on two chairs, the flour sacks beneath them on the floor and held together by rope-lashings.
The old fellow limped across the deck with more agility than he had displayed coming aboard, straddled the barbed wire without assistance, and without assistance dropped into the canoe, cleverly receiving his weight on his uninjured leg.
In the end, one day, fear and obedience were swept away by the rush of life, and the cub straddled and sprawled toward the entrance.
Then Apollyon straddled quite over the whole breadth of the Way and said, 'I am void of fear in this matter.