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happy medium

A healthy balance between two extremes. It can be difficult for working mothers to find a happy medium between maintaining their careers and caring for their families.
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in the short/medium/long term

During a short/medium/long period of time in the future. It's an adequate solution in the short term, maybe even in the medium term, but it won't fix the problem in the long term.
See also: long, medium, short, term

for the short/medium/long term

For a short/medium/long period of time in the future. It's an adequate solution for the short term, maybe even for the medium term, but it won't fix the problem for the long term.
See also: long, medium, short, term

strike a happy medium

 and hit a happy medium; find a happy medium
to find a compromise position; to arrive at a position halfway between two unacceptable extremes. Ann likes very spicy food, but Bob doesn't care for spicy food at all. We are trying to find a restaurant that strikes a happy medium. Tom is either very happy or very sad. He can't seem to hit a happy medium.
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happy medium

The midway point between two extremes. For example, We need to find a happy medium between overdoing the holiday season and ignoring it entirely . This expression, first recorded in 1778, was once known as the golden mean and is based on ancient mathematical principles.
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a happy medium

COMMON A happy medium is something that is successful or pleasant because it avoids being extreme. Here you have the freedom to be energetic, lazy or strike a happy medium in between. Tours like his provide a happy medium between protecting the sea-life and giving holidaymakers a unique experience.
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a/the happy ˈmedium

a sensible balance between two extremes: I like to know my colleagues well, but not too well. The sort of friendship I have with them now is a happy medium.In life generally we should try to find the happy medium. Extreme solutions to problems always lead to difficulties.
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ˌover ˈeasy/ˈmedium/ˈhard

(American English) (used about eggs) fried on both sides for a short time/for a moderate length of time/for a longer time: I’ll have two eggs over easy and a cup of coffee, please.
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in the ˈlong/ˈmedium/ˈshort term

used to describe what will happen a long/medium/short time into the future: In the short term, we can send the refugees food and clothing, but in the long term we must do something about the underlying problems. ▶ ˌlong-ˈterm, ˌshort-ˈterm adj.: a long-term approachshort-term problems
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Such, then, are the differences of the arts with respect to the medium of imitation.
Dolokhov was of medium height, with curly hair and light-blue eyes.
We could converse with our captors only through the medium of interpreters who spoke both Chinese and Abyssinian.
Now, with the given rapidity, the projectile will have traversed this in five seconds, and the period is too brief for the resistance of the medium to be regarded otherwise than as insignificant.
But then, at a distance which for three hours in the morning did not exceed sixty-five miles, and in a medium free from all atmospheric disturbances, these instruments could reduce the lunar surface to within less than
Hence some of my readers will, perhaps, wonder that the squire had not hated Sophia as much as he had hated her mother; but I must inform them, that hatred is not the effect of love, even through the medium of jealousy.
In the first case, the change is attributed to the medium between the object and the place; in the second, it is attributed to the object itself.
She would have been a good figure, too, if it had not been for her extreme thinness and the size of her head, which was too large for her medium height.
I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling.