steer a middle course

steer a middle course

To take a moderate approach, as opposed to using extreme measures. Sir, I think you need to avoid making any inflammatory statements on this issue and steer a middle course instead.
See also: course, middle, steer

steer (or take) a middle course

adopt a policy which avoids extremes.
See also: course, middle, steer

follow/steer/take a middle ˈcourse

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find, etc. a/the middle ˈway

follow, find, etc. a plan that is halfway between two opposing plans; compromise: Kate wanted to stay for the rest of the week, and I wanted to leave straight away, so in the end we followed a middle course and stayed a couple of days.In politics you often have to steer a middle course. OPPOSITE: go to extremes
See also: course, follow, middle, steer, take
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Hoffmann states that Erasmus took his clue from the orthodox Fathers and sought to steer a middle course between over-allegorizing and under-allegorizing, but he does not note that Erasmus frequently criticizes even his favorite Fathers, Origen, Jerome and Ambrose, for straying too far from the letter in their fanciful exegeses.
It's a judgment call, and we try to steer a middle course.