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grey area

A concept or topic that is not clearly defined or that exists somewhere between two extreme positions. Primarily heard in Australia. There's a large grey area regarding whether the use of the new surveillance technology is lawful.
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(a) gray area

Fig. an area of a subject or question that is difficult to put into a particular category because it is not clearly defined and may have connections or associations with more than one category. The responsibility for social studies in the college is a gray area. Several departments are involved. Publicity is a gray area in that firm. It is shared between the marketing and design divisions.
See also: area, gray

gray area

Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray area between what is legal and what is not. This term, which uses gray in the sense of "neither black nor white" (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.
See also: area, gray
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With different fact situations, other courts have found the length of the marriage persuasive when awarding permanent alimony in gray area marriages.
The Principal Financial Group(R), the nation's 401(k) leader and total retirement solutions innovator, is helping to debunk the myths and clear the gray area surrounding defined benefit plans with a new series of educational programs on critical topics beginning with "DB or Not DB?
The new category was prompted by the vast number of games that fall into a gray area between the two ratings, said Patricia Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.
Hahn) is really in a gray area here,'' said Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the largest single contributor to the campaign against a countywide police-tax initiative on the Nov.
Promising signs in 2005 include the launch of several third-party online music stores, and some unauthorized services, or those working in a gray area, legitimizing their services, the high-tech market research firm says.
Sports - let alone the world beyond the turnstiles - seem to have turned into one vast gray area at best, in which it seems any great accomplishment is liable to be discredited, every hero develops a wart eventually.
The whole idea of justifiable homicide - it's a gray area,'' he said.
With the type of explosive growth we are projecting, it was not feasible to have a two- to six-week gray area with respect to actual delivery times due to potential delays in shipping and customs.
This persistent gray area nature of spyware necessitates that security administrators maintain total control over spyware detection and removal.
There's always gray area any time the green flag drops in a Winston Cup race as far as NASCAR explains to us a gentleman's agreement,'' said Spencer, driver of the No.
Head injuries are such a gray area, they just don't know that much about concussions.
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Sitting down with PCSO is an opportunity for both parties to clarify issues for the smooth implementation of STL (Small Town Lottery)' and 'clear gray areas between the legal STL and the illegal numbers game,' Balutan said.
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