middle of the road

middle-of-the-road

[mid-l-uhv-thuh-rohd]
adjective
1.
favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, especially in politics; moderate.
2.
of, pertaining to, or describing a type of popular music that avoids extremes of style and is catchy and tuneful enough to have broad appeal.
noun
3.
Also called easy listening. popular music having comparatively conventional, melodic qualities and hence having broad commercial appeal.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism

middle-of-the-roader, noun
middle-of-the-roadism, noun
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middle-of-the-road
 
adj
1.  not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
2.  of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal
 
'middle-of-the-'roader
 
n

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