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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For middle-of-the-roaders, the bloody crackdown by the regime against the population is a red line that has been crossed, and means the authorities do not deserve support.
We've got 37 million members in AARP and I am sure we have liberals and conservatives and middle-of-the-roaders," said Jackson.
A president can nominate middle-of-the-roaders who can win Senate confirmation without taxing his political capital, or he can pick jurists who will, for a life term and within the appropriate judicial role, advance racial justice on a broad front from criminal justice to equal protection to immigrants' rights to interpretation of the open-textured commands of civil-rights statutes.
McConnell told Newsday, "there is no more distinguished jurist in the land" than Bork and criticized the alleged alternative--Supreme Court nominees who are "unknown, muddleheaded middle-of-the-roaders.
Such statements had alienated many middle-of-the-roaders, including President Bush's father.
Good, middle-of-the-roaders like Richard Guest do not have this (well- earned) luxury.
the truly evil, are those who watch with cautious interest, the safe-players and middle-of-the-roaders.
This theory holds that the three men appeal to different bases and are trying to mobilize those bases--Musavi with middle-of-the-roaders who have voted with the right in recent years, Karrubi with rural voters and Khatami with the urban educated.
The arrival in Cardiff of David Jones could shake up a party group composed largely of left-wingers and middle-of-the-roaders.
McConnell said "there is no more distinguished jurist in the land" than Bork and criticized the prospects of Supreme Court nominees who are "unknown, muddleheaded middle-of-the-roaders.
Not that the militia members are middle-of-the-roaders.