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middle-of-the-road

[mid-l-uh v-thuh-rohd]
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adjective
  1. favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, especially in politics; moderate.
  2. of, relating to, or describing a type of popular music that avoids extremes of style and is catchy and tuneful enough to have broad appeal.
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noun
  1. Also called easy listening. popular music having comparatively conventional, melodic qualities and hence having broad commercial appeal.
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Origin of middle-of-the-road

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
Related formsmid·dle-of-the-road·er, nounmid·dle-of-the-road·ism, noun
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Related Words for middle-of-the-road

balanced, compromising, cautious, conservative, even, impartial, indifferent, inexpensive, mild, modest, neutral, noncommittal, nonpartisan, reasonable, straight, controlled, midway, disciplined

Examples from the Web for middle-of-the-road

Contemporary Examples of middle-of-the-road

Historical Examples of middle-of-the-road

  • For in 1912 Wilson had been in effect the middle-of-the-road candidate, the conservative liberal.

    Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements

    Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan

  • Present day chemists would acquiesce in this statement after reading Mitchill's "middle-of-the-road" arguments.

    Priestley in America

    Edgar F. Smith

  • Fusion controlled the convention, voting down the "Middle-of-the-Road" group that adhered to independence.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson


British Dictionary definitions for middle-of-the-road

middle-of-the-road

adjective
  1. not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
  2. of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal
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Derived Formsmiddle-of-the-roader, noun
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