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middle ground

noun
1.
an intermediate position, area, or recourse between two opposites or extremes; a halfway or neutral standpoint.
2.
middle distance (def 1).
3.
Nautical. a length of comparatively shallow water having channels on both sides.
Origin of middle ground
1775-1785
1775-85
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  • Yellow ochre is usually employed in the distance and middle ground of a landscape.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • "I can't seem to reach any middle ground with him," she had said.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • She knew Polly: there was no middle ground between her likes and dislikes; she doted or she hated.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Let us have a middle ground to start from, on which all parties can meet, as in the other case.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Their difference is such as to admit of no compromise; no middle ground is possible.

British Dictionary definitions for middle ground

middle ground

noun
1.
another term for middle distance See middle-distance (sense 2)
2.
a position of compromise between two opposing views, parties, etc
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