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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.
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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

a grey area

COMMON If you call something a grey area, you mean that it is unclear. Note: `Grey' is usually spelled `gray' in American English. There are many grey areas in the law affecting stolen animals. Tabloid papers paint all sportsmen as heroes or villains. There is no grey area in between.
See also: area, grey

a grey area

an ill-defined situation or field not readily conforming to a category or to an existing set of rules.
In the 1960s, grey areas in British planning vocabulary referred to places that were not in as desperate a state as slums but which were in decline and in need of rebuilding.
2001 Rough Guide to Travel Health In theory, it should be a cinch to diagnose appendicitis, but in practice it's much more of a grey area.
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a ˌgrey ˈarea

an area of a subject or situation that is not clear or does not fit into a particular group and is therefore difficult to define or deal with: The question of police evidence in cases like this is a grey area. We will need to consult our lawyers about it.
See also: area, grey
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But we need to know the exact criteria, because at the moment there seems to be a grey area.
And as Wiggins raged that he "would have had more rights if I had murdered someone than in this process," Pendleton suggested it was time to close the loopholes and grey areas her former Team GB colleague is accused of exploiting.
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The preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that they had been using some grey areas in Gurdaspur sector to cross the consignments of heroin.
But there are no grey areas now when we get out there.
But Jefferies feels there are too many grey areas with the current interpretation of the rule and has called on FIFA to set out clear guidelines.
There are a lot of grey areas which have to be cleared up first," said the spokesman.
Ruggiero, however, overcomes these stereotypical categories to bring to life a world that operates in the grey areas or, better still, in the full array of colors that constitutes early modern Venice.
But surely if there were grey areas in his toilet break, Anderson was right to get them checked out.
Some referees give them and some don't and there are too many grey areas.
He wants the issue out in the open and all the grey areas around a mother's and unborn child's rights cleared up.