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middle ground

an intermediate position, area, or recourse between two opposites or extremes; a halfway or neutral standpoint.
middle distance (def 1).
Nautical. a length of comparatively shallow water having channels on both sides.
Origin of middle ground
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I can't seem to reach any middle ground with him," she had said.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Indeed, I do not believe a man could have a friendship with her, for there is no middle ground.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • In the great conflict of good and evil there is no middle ground.

    Humanity in the City E. H. Chapin
  • Let us have a middle ground to start from, on which all parties can meet, as in the other case.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Meantime he remitted no effort to find some middle ground of conciliation.

    Franklin John Bigelow
British Dictionary definitions for middle ground

middle ground

another term for middle distance See middle-distance (sense 2)
a position of compromise between two opposing views, parties, etc
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