a happy medium

a happy medium

a way of doing something which is good because it avoids being extreme (often + between ) What you want from a holiday is a happy medium between activity and relaxation. I'm either exercising all the time or I'm doing nothing but I can't seem to find a happy medium.
See also: happy, medium
References in classic literature ?
I endeavoured to hit a happy medium between these two extremes; my aunt approved the result; and Mr.