She was bridging the fences

A University lecturer said that one of her students uttered this one.  This is a mashup of “bridge the gap” (make it easier for two groups to communicate with each other) and “straddle the fence” (not to take a side when presented with two or more options).  “Fences” and “bridges” are often mixed up, apparently.  See, e.g.,

A big thanks to K. Carver for hearing this one and passing it on!