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in (one's) midst

In, among, or around a particular group of people. I never would have thought we'd have a famous celebrity in our midst in this small town!
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in the midst of (something)

1. While something else is happening. And in the midst of Thanksgiving dinner, our power went out! So the rest of the night was spent by candlelight.
2. In the middle of a particular place. I can't believe there's a botanical garden in the midst of all these rundown houses.
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in the middle of

1. Also, in the midst of. During, while engaged in, as in He stopped him in the middle of his speech, or I'm in the midst of calculating my income tax. The first expression dates from about 1600, the second from about 1500. Also see in the midst.
2. in the middle of nowhere. In a very remote location, as in We found a great little hotel, out in the middle of nowhere. [Early 1900s]
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in the midst

1. Also, in one's midst. Surrounded by, among, as in I saw a familiar face in the midst of the crowd, or To think there was a Nobel Prize winner in our midst! [c. 1500s]
2. See in the middle of, def. 1.
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in our, their, its, etc. ˈmidst

(formal) among or with us, them, etc: There is a traitor in our midst.
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in the ˈmidst of something/of doing something

while something is happening or being done; while you are doing something: a country in the midst of a recessionShe discovered it in the midst of sorting out her father’s things.
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There are identifiable terrorists and terrorist supporters in our midst who can be arrested or deported now.
Health Minister Susan Deacon is in the midsts of her NHS Review, and is finding life more than a little difficult.
When we want to chase away these evil spirits we get together in the midsts of the trees and shake the branches because they are magic and they draw strength from the underground.
It is easy -- and becoming an unconscious and natural part of the American character -- to develop housing tracts from farmland, to shop at the supermarket produce section, and to eat anything at any time while romanticizing from afar the man with the hoe; but it is hard to curb our appetites, buy direct and in season, and keep the countryside pristine to benefit someone illiberal and bothersome in our midsts.
LANCASTER - The Antelope Valley Orchestra and Master Chorale is in the midsts of their 1999-2000 concert season at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.
In the midsts of this catastrophe, Britain rushed to her colony's aid.
MIDSTS OF MAYHEM Bloodied victims being rescued after first bomb just as second detonates
No, we're not taking a trip into the midsts of time here, it just seems like that.