pig in the middle

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pig in the middle

1. Someone who is placed in the middle of an argument between two other people or groups, and who doesn't want to side with either one of them. Primarily heard in UK. As a kid, I always felt like I was pig in the middle when my parents started fighting. The infighting at the company has made our department pig in the middle between the management and the financial team.
2. A game in which one person attempts to gain possession of a ball or other object that two or more people attempt to keep away from them. Primarily heard in UK. Whenever my brother's friends are over, the only game they'll play with me is pig in the middle—and I'm always the pig!
See also: middle, pig

pig (or piggy) in the middle

a person who is placed in an awkward situation between two others. chiefly British
This expression comes from the name of a game in which two people attempt to throw a ball to each other without a third person in the middle catching it.
See also: middle, pig

(be) pig/piggy in the ˈmiddle

(informal) (be) a person who is caught between two people or groups who are fighting or arguing: Her parents quarrelled a lot, and unfortunately she was always piggy in the middle.
This is the name of a children’s game where two children throw a ball to each other, and a third child in the middle tries to catch it.
See also: middle, pig, piggy