- situated in an intermediary area or on a line or imaginary line connecting two points, things, etc.
- in the way: I reached for the ball, but the dog got in between.
Origin of between
Although not generally accepted as good usage, between you and I is heard occasionally in the speech of educated persons. By the traditional rules of grammar, when a pronoun is the object of a preposition, that pronoun should be in the objective case: between you and me; between her and them. The use of the nominative form ( I, he, she, they, etc.) arises partly as overcorrection, the reasoning being that if it is correct at the end of a sentence like It is I, it must also be correct at the end of the phrase between you and …. The choice of pronoun also owes something to the tendency for the final pronoun in a compound object to be in the nominative case after a verb: It was kind of you to invite my wife and I. This too is not generally regarded as good usage.
The construction between each (or every ) is sometimes objected to on the grounds that between calls for a plural or compound object. However, the construction is old and fully standard when the sense indicates that more than one thing is meant: Spread softened butter between each layer of pastry. There were marigolds peeking between every row of vegetables. The construction between … to is a blend of between … and ( between 15 and 25 miles ) and from … to ( from 15 to 25 miles ). It occurs occasionally in informal speech but not in formal speech or writing.
Examples from the Web for between
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Are you bi-coastal now, between Portlandia and Late Night with Seth Meyers?
We take enough time off in between so that our batteries get recharged and we get inspired again.
“The government just wanted to catch the big fish [in the Juarez cartel] and they ignored everything in between,” Lozoya said.
Most often the children transferred to new homes were between six and 14 years old, but some were as young as 10 months.
This is all that was said between them on the subject, and, immediately the meal was over, they retired to their rooms.Halcyone|Elinor Glyn
Over in her corner, between young Billings and the interloper, Stuart, Sue was having a beautiful time.Blue Bonnet in Boston|Caroline E. Jacobs
I shall only forge at night; and the building is out of the world, and wedged in, out of sight, between two bleak hills.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
If they could not make such a peace, they were to erect a fort on the Rappahannock River or between it and the York.Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660|Wilcomb E. Washburn
And you will stay with us between this time and that, and tell us your nice true stories, won't you, grandma?Elsie and Her Namesakes|Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for between
adverb Also: in between
Word Origin for between
Word Origin and History for between
Old English betweonum "between, among, by turns," Mercian betwinum, from bi- "by" (see be-) + tweonum dative plural of *tweon "two each" (cf. Gothic tweih-nai "two each"). Between a rock and a hard place is from 1940s, originally cowboy slang. Between-whiles is from 1670s.
Idioms and Phrases with between
In addition to the idioms beginning with between
- between a rock and a hard place
- between the lines
- between you and me
- betwixt and between
- come between
- draw a line between
- fall between the cracks
- few and far between
- hit between the eyes
- in between
- in between times
- read between the lines
- tail between one's legs