- 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
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Examples from the Web for middle ground
“I have chosen a ‘middle-ground’ method of moderation, a sort of behind-the-scenes prodding,” he wrote in a posting.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
The latest research suggests a middle-ground, and it's worth looking at what they were trading.Every Viking ‘Fact’ Is Wrong
March 19, 2014
This McClatchy-Marist poll tells us that a middle-ground approach would be popular across the board.How Republicans Are Duping Members of Their Own Party
December 13, 2012
And yet I return to a prior stand-point and insist that there is a middle-ground, even here, the juste milieu, as the French say.The American Gentleman's Guide to Politeness and Fashion
An island has formed and is still growing near the mouth of the Wang-poo, known to pilots as the "middle-ground."The Siberian Overland Route from Peking to Petersburg,
It would be difficult to find a middle-ground and distance surpassing those of this picture.
Then the work passes to the middle-ground painters, who have their half-tone pots within easy reach.Amos Kilbright; His Adscititious Experiences
Frank R. Stockton
Between these two points is no middle-ground, either in the fields of Art or of Religion.Garden-Craft Old and New
John D. Sedding
- another term for middle distanceSee middle-distance (def. 2)
- a position of compromise between two opposing views, parties, etc
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