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[mid-streem] /ˈmɪdˈstrim/
the middle of a stream.
the middle period of a process, course, or the like.
Origin of midstream
First recorded in 1275-1325, midstream is from the Middle English word myddstreme. See mid-, stream Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They divided like running water when it reaches a big rock in midstream.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Did she care enough to break through all barriers, fling herself into midstream?

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Already were the voyagers in midstream, almost before they knew it.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • He was dragged under as the force of the torrent flung him into midstream.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The jam began between two ledges in midstream, where no one could get near it.

    The Backwoodsmen Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The Victory had caught one canoe in midstream when she arrived on the scene.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • But nobody came, and in a few minutes more the raft was again in midstream.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for midstream


the middle of a stream or river
the middle of a process or action: they tried to change the rules in midstream
adverb, adjective
in or towards the middle of a stream or river: moored midstream
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for midstream

also mid-stream, Old English midstream; see mid + stream (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with midstream


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