fair to middling

fair to middling
adjective
about average; acceptable
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more than adequate as a secretary

Syn: ↑adequate, ↑passable, ↑tolerable
Similar to: ↑satisfactory
Derivationally related forms: ↑adequateness (for: ↑adequate)

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phrasal
: just average : pretty good : tolerable

the food is fair to middling

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fair to middling
Fairly good
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Main Entry:middling

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fair to ˈmiddling idiom
(old-fashioned) not particularly good or bad

‘How are you feeling today?’ ‘Oh, fair to middling.’

Main entry:fairidiom

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