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in (one's) midst

In, among, or around a particular group of people. I never would have thought we'd have a famous celebrity in our midst in this small town!
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in the midst of (something)

1. While something else is happening. Our power went out right in the midst of Thanksgiving dinner! So the rest of the night was spent by candlelight. The company is trying to deal with this issue in the midst of a major financial crisis.
2. In the middle of a particular place. I can't believe there's a botanical garden in the midst of all these rundown houses.
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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 midst

1. Also, in one's midst. Surrounded by, among, as in I saw a familiar face in the midst of the crowd, or To think there was a Nobel Prize winner in our midst! [c. 1500s]
2. See in the middle of, def. 1.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in our, their, its, etc. ˈmidst

(formal) among or with us, them, etc: There is a traitor in our midst.
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in the ˈmidst of something/of doing something

while something is happening or being done; while you are doing something: a country in the midst of a recessionShe discovered it in the midst of sorting out her father’s things.
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