fair to middling
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Mediocre, pretty good, so-so, as in I asked them how they liked their new home and John answered, “Fair to middling. This phrase, often a reply to an inquiry about one's health, business, or the like, is redundant, since fair and middling both mean “moderately good.” [Mid-1800s] Also see can't complain.
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How to use fair to middling in a sentence
Based on the poetry-in-progress quoted in the novel, Harry seems at best a fair-to-middling poet.
She concerned herself far more with Luke, an active, fair-to-middling American boy somewhat inclined to be spoiled.The Gorgeous Girl|Nalbro Bartley
He for one had enjoyed himself just fair-to-middling, he said.Gray youth|Oliver Onions
"Moore, he's a fair-to-middling horse," said Belllounds, with the air of judge of horseflesh.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
He played a fair-to-middling game; and nothing more need be said of him.The Lion's Share|E. Arnold Bennett