amid some media tumult, the first President Bush had to come out and say in essence, hey, kidding.
amid worried NYPD, paramedics, nurses, and doctors, he glowed.
“We will just sit and wait,” she said amid the routine boom of exploding tank shells.
But amid the excitement came the surprise announcement that the name was to change.
Still, amid the uncertainty the residents of Bab al-Salameh do their best to carve a semblance of order into their lives.
But where was the populace, amid all this prodigious wealth?
There was a stony silence, amid which the one o'clock whistle blew.
They come in on horseback, and amid enthusiastic greetings from the crowd ride into the arena.
And then, amid redoubled hilarity, the whole effusion was encored.
We quickly descended the mountain, and continued our journey in a real garden, amid flowering trees and verdant rice fields.
late 14c., from amidde (c.1200), from Old English on middan "in the middle," from dative singular of midde "mid, middle" (see middle); the phrase evidently was felt as "in (the) middle" and thus followed by a genitive case, and if this had endured we would follow it today with of. (See amidst for further evolution along this line).
The same applies to equivalents in Latin (in medio) and Greek (en meso), both originally adjective phrases which evolved to take the genitive case. But in later Old English on middan also was treated as a preposition and followed by dative. Used in compounds from early 13c. (e.g. amidships, attested from 1690s and retaining the genitive, as the compounds usually did in early Middle English, suggesting this one is considerably older than the written record of it.)