middle-of-the-road


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middle of the road

1. Describing an option that is neither the most nor the least expensive. I don't need a high-end TV, but I don't want the cheapest one either. I'm looking for a middle of the road option.
2. Moderate or centrist. Most of the voters found the candidate's middle of the road platform to be reasonable and palatable.
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middle-of-the-road

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1. If you describe a person or their political ideas as middle-of-the-road, you mean that they are neither very left-wing nor very right-wing. He presents himself as a moderate, middle-of-the-road kind of person who understands and takes into consideration both sides of any issue. At some point during the '80s, the Labour Party turned into the party of middle-of-the-road socialism.
2. If someone or something is middle-of-the-road, they are very ordinary, and not unusual, exciting, or extreme. These are, for the most part, ordinary middle-of-the-road people who want the usual things out of life. They play very bland, middle-of-the-road music.
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