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middle-of-the-road

[mid-l-uh v-th uh-rohd] /ˈmɪd l əv ðəˈroʊd/
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
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism
Related forms
middle-of-the-roader, noun
middle-of-the-roadism, noun
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  • But street protests may alienate middle-of-the-road voters and business.
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  • He earned a reputation as a pragmatic jurist whose middle-of-the-road rulings reflect a desire to apply rather than make the law.
British Dictionary definitions for middle-of-the-road

middle-of-the-road

adjective
1.
not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
2.
of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal
Derived Forms
middle-of-the-roader, noun
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