in the middle of

in the middle

In a position between two or more sides in an argument or contentious issue, often leaving one without a clear course of action to satisfy either side. When my friends broke up, I was often caught in the middle, as each one complained to me about the other.
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in the middle of (something or some place)

1. Literally, physically located at the center of something or some place. We're in the middle of the crowd, so it will take us a while to push our way out. Listening to my music, I wandered until I realized I was in the middle of the woods, with no idea which path I took.
2. During, in the midst of, or while currently engaging in something, such as an activity. I'm in the middle of a meeting right now, can I call you back? Then, right in the middle of the concert, he walked offstage.
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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 middle

1. In a difficult situation: caught in the middle of a controversy.
2. Engaged in doing something: I'm in the middle of making dinner.
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Karwar(Karnataka) [India] Apr 8 ( ANI ): An Indian Navy patrol vessel, INS Subhadra towed a fishing boat to safety which was stranded in the middle of Arabian Sea, off Karwar coast in Karnataka due to a failed engine.
What is unsettling is that the rules in Russia change in the middle of the game.
The march also paused for a half-hour in the middle of a busy downtown Miami street across from a Taco Bell that had been told by police to lock its doors.
"I had nightmares of KGB agents breaking down my door in the middle of the night, arresting me, and hauling me away to prison.
In the middle of it all, Danny; the low-rider who had been transferred to my cell during my time in I-block, came up to me and handed me a pack of cigarette papers.
The construction was of concrete tilt-slab poured flat on the ground and lifted into place; it incorporated walls of glass and long narrow glass slits (bear in mind, the house was in the middle of miles of open agricultural land, with a climate to accommodate Schindler's experimental design).
(In other camps nearby were several thousand Haitians who were picked up as they bolted from their island's nightmarish violence and grinding poverty.) The Martinezes lived in a sweltering canvas tent in the middle of a dusty field that turned instantly into a sea of mud at the first drop of rain.
The sailors went missing after weapons stored in the forward section of the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak exploded in the middle of the night, causing a fire as it lay berthed in Mumbai, the navy's worst losses in more than four decades.
DC Andy Crawford of the Wrexham burglary squad said: ``This happened in the middle of the day and it's quite likely that these men will have been seen in the area.
Woken up in the middle of the night, they were transported several hours by van to make the morning docket in Baltimore.
Recent Middle Eastern immigrants had their houses searched in the middle of the night and their family members interrogated and secretly detained.