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piggy 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 piggy in the middle when my parents started fighting. The infighting at the company has made our department piggy in the middle between the management and the financial team.
2. A children's game in which a ball or other object is kept away from one person by two or more other people. Primarily heard in UK. Whenever my brother's friends are over, the only game they'll play with me is piggy in the middle—and I'm always the piggy!
See also: middle, piggy

piggy in the middle

If someone is piggy in the middle, they are involved in a situation where two people or groups are having an argument and they have to deal with or help both sides. I was piggy in the middle, caught between my parents, not wanting to hurt either of them. Note: `Piggy in the middle' is a children's game in which two children throw a ball to each other over the head of a third child who tries to catch it.
See also: middle, piggy

(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
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In the end, all was well for Miss Piggy as her dilemma was solved.
Children living in the South East of England and East Anglia were found to be the least likely to use a piggy bank, with 75% of youngsters surveyed there using one.
Here are the percentages of children across Britain who save in a piggy bank, according to Halifax: | Scotland, 87 per cent | North East of England and Yorkshire and the Humber, 84 per cent | East and West Midlands, 83 per cent | North West of England, 79 per cent | London, 79 per cent | Wales/South West of England, 78 per cent
He left the house to check out his new surroundings and we didn't see him for a few days which was quite unusual, so when we received a call from the vet to say that Piggy had been found we had a real mix of emotions.
The survey of 2,000 parents found those in Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East of England and the South West of England are the most likely to raid their child's piggy bank, while those in London, Wales and the North West of England are the least likely.
Ladbrokes are offering 6-4 for Denise and Kermit to break up and 2-1 that he gets back with Miss Piggy.
The chosen pig will add money to their Piggy Bank fund, cash out their Piggy Bank fund or start the Bonus Reels game.
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