be caught in the middle

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be caught in the middle

To be in a position between two or more sides in an argument or contentious issue, often leaving one without a clear course of action to satisfy either side. When my friends broke up, I was often caught in the middle, as each one complained to me about the other.
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Baptist High of North Hills and Pierce College, was caught in the middle of a stunning 31-30 home playoff loss Friday to La Quinta.
He was caught in the middle of a firestorm of debate after the Infineon Raceway event in Sonoma, where Robby Gordon passed him under a caution flag and went on to win the race, thus breaking a gentlemen's agreement between drivers not to pass under yellow.