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in the middle of (something or someplace)

1. Literally, physically located at the center of something or someplace. 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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Before the ruffians, in whose power they were, she bore herself so calmly, and with such an appearance, in the midst of all her terror, of a secret conviction that they dared not harm her, that there was not a man among them but held her in some degree of dread; and more than one believed she had a weapon hidden in her dress, and was prepared to use it.
She looked round with blank eyes at the dirt and confusion on which the bright afternoon's sun shone dismally; it was all of a piece with the sad confusion of her mind--that confusion which belongs to the first hours of a sudden sorrow, when the poor human soul is like one who has been deposited sleeping among the ruins of a vast city, and wakes up in dreary amazement, not knowing whether it is the growing or the dying day--not knowing why and whence came this illimitable scene of desolation, or why he too finds himself desolate in the midst of it.
Light bulbs and lighting controls are also in the midst of huge change, as LED bulbs slowly replace traditional incandescent bulbs and lighting controls have gone way beyond the light switch.
In the midst of all this it is quite clear that Pakistani TV clearly supports just two politicians.
How do we help others understand the courage it took to find hope in the midst of chaos?
Emmrich took the microphone right after the 25-year-old player's victory at the TopShelf Open in's-Hertogenbosch, Holland, and in the midst of the entire crowd, declared that after spending 10 months with her and looking at her "beautiful Bambi eyes", he wants to be with her for the rest of his life.
In the midst of conflict, we often question our purpose and value in the conflict.
As word of the find spread, the region from Needles to Chloride was booming with activity, and Oatman sprang up right in the midst of it.
In the midst of Babylonian exile and the devastation of land, community, and family, the prophet commands the people not to remember the "former things," or the "things of old," because God is about to do something new.
As reason has been documenting, we're in the midst of a "culture boom," of a massive increase in the production and consumption of culture.
It can be challenging to unravel a long e-mail thread, or to find what the sender actually said in the midst of all the quoting, signatures, forwards and other information included in long e-mail threads.
Sky Chefs happened to be in the midst of negotiations with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) union over medical coverage and other issues.
IN THE MIDST OF THE WASHINGTON-AREA sniper attacks last fall, Montgomery County (Md.
Time of Change is an intimate and poignant recollection; many of the pictures--some never before published--focus on people's everyday lives in the midst of a trying period in history.
Such a note of levity in the midst of the often bloody confrontations of the civil rights movement suggests one other component of combative spirituality, namely its "subversive joy.