They then drank Mr. straddler's health, and thanks to him for his excellent song.
"Now for distance, time, and stake," reiterated Mr. straddler.
"And I'll go Monsieur's," said Mr. straddler, still backing the thing up.
"Jewish enough," whispered Mr. straddler into the flying hatter's ear.
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.