gray area

Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray area between what is legal and what is not. This term, which uses gray in the sense of “neither black nor white” (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.


Nearby words

  1. gravy,
  2. gravy boat,
  3. gravy train,
  4. gravy train, ride the,
  5. gray,
  6. gray birch,
  7. gray body,
  8. gray card,
  9. gray cataract,
  10. gray catbird

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