middle ground

middle ground
noun
1. nautical : a shoal in a fairway having a channel on either side
3. : a standpoint midway between extremes

a middle ground between firmness and appeasement — Wall Street Journal

a characterless middle ground between the academic and the avant-garde — Sidney Alexander

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noun
: a position or set of opinions that is acceptable to many different people
[singular]

The judge of the case chose a middle ground between harshness and leniency.

[noncount]

Both sides in this debate need to do more to establish some middle ground.

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ˈmiddle ground [middle ground] noun uncountable
a set of opinions, decisions, etc. that two or more groups who oppose each other can agree on; a position that is not extreme

Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground.

The ballet company now

occupies the middle ground between

classical ballet and modern dance.

 
Example Bank:

The ballet now occupies the middle ground between classical ballet and modern dance.


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