strike a balance


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strike a balance

To make or strive to make something equally proportioned midway between two or more conflicting or contrasting things. We are here to strike a balance between claimants and defendants to achieve an acceptable resolution for everyone involved. The game strikes a great balance between accessibility for younger players and a rewarding challenge for veterans of the genre. Young families looking to buy their first home in this city have to consider the size they need for their children as well as a price they can afford, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to strike that balance.
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strike a balance (between two things)

to find a satisfactory compromise between two extremes. The political party must strike a balance between the right wing and the left wing. Jane is overdressed for the party and Sally is underdressed. What a pity they didn't strike a balance between them.
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strike a balance

Find a compromise, as in We have to strike a balance between what we want and what we can afford. This expression alludes to accounting, where it signifies finding a profit or loss by weighing income versus outlay. [Mid-1800s]
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strike a ˈbalance (between A and B)

find a sensible middle point between two demands, extremes, courses of action, etc: We need to strike a balance between protecting him and letting him become more independent.Children need to strike a balance between work and play at school.
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