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midstream

[mid-streem]
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noun
  1. the middle of a stream.
  2. the middle period of a process, course, or the like.
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Origin of midstream

First recorded in 1275–1325, midstream is from the Middle English word myddstreme. See mid-, stream
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  • They divided like running water when it reaches a big rock in midstream.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Did she care enough to break through all barriers, fling herself into midstream?

    Beyond

    John Galsworthy

  • Already were the voyagers in midstream, almost before they knew it.

  • He was dragged under as the force of the torrent flung him into midstream.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The jam began between two ledges in midstream, where no one could get near it.

    The Backwoodsmen

    Charles G. D. Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for midstream

midstream

noun
  1. the middle of a stream or river
  2. the middle of a process or actionthey tried to change the rules in midstream
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adverb, adjective
  1. in or towards the middle of a stream or rivermoored midstream
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Word Origin and History for midstream

n.

also mid-stream, Old English midstream; see mid + stream (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with midstream

midstream

see change horses midstream.

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