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happy medium

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noun
  1. a course of action or condition that is between two extremes: Our climate is a happy medium between hot and cold.
  2. a satisfactory compromise between two things that are related in such a way that one increases as the other decreases: We need to find a happy medium between conserving land and developing property.
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British Dictionary definitions for happy medium

happy medium

noun
  1. a course or state that avoids extremes
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Idioms and Phrases with happy medium

happy medium

The midway point between two extremes. For example, We need to find a happy medium between overdoing the holiday season and ignoring it entirely. This expression, first recorded in 1778, was once known as the golden mean and is based on ancient mathematical principles.

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