Definition of middle ground in English:

middle ground


  • 1An intermediate position or area of compromise or possible agreement between two opposing views or groups.

    ‘each party wants to capture the votes of those occupying the middle ground’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Canada continues to try to occupy what little middle ground exists.’
    • ‘The Government's been so successful in dominating the middle ground, and voters seem to detest any whiff of political ideology.’
    • ‘Labour managed to reposition itself in the late 80s/early 90s by forcing the party into the middle ground.’
    • ‘In our view, these can usefully be measured along a continuum, from red to green light positions, with some bias today towards the middle ground of amber.’
    • ‘On the whole, I think the select committee worked very hard at trying to find a middle ground between the views of all New Zealanders.’
    • ‘In Canada too, we see politicians striving to take the middle ground, aiming to not alienate potential voters.’
    • ‘I wanted to explore the middle ground - the grey area in between.’
    • ‘It occupies a nice middle ground of compromise - grandstanding gets you nowhere.’
    • ‘This popular move for a referendum reflects the squeezing of the middle ground during the escalation since 1999.’
    • ‘Whenever I find myself in the middle ground, I usually seem a little lost, trapped as I am between my cynical hatred and my naive love.’
    • ‘But given the politics they may be looking to concentrate that tax cut somewhere in the middle ground.’
    • ‘If he'd started on the middle ground in January he'd have been rolled over in the rush.’
    • ‘The Liberals are reasonably comfortable with the middle ground and have a balance of opposition on the left and the right.’
    • ‘There have been several other recent cases in which the Court has also sought to establish delicate distinctions in the quest for the middle ground.’
    • ‘It has previously been mentioned that, occupying the middle ground in peace settlements, is the quest to impose a new identity on the defeated states.’
    • ‘There appears to be little room for middle ground between these opposing positions, and much is at stake.’
    agreement, understanding, settlement, terms, accommodation
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  • 2The middle distance of a painting or photograph.

    ‘a watercolour with a middle ground of a castle’
    • ‘A waistband of mist then enters from the right and reaches nearly to the centre of the painting, so that the trees in the middle ground appear to rise from the unknown.’
    • ‘Mist fills the middle ground, and the background mountains appear to be far in the distance.’
    • ‘When the ark is finished, a winding, receding path is drawn from the animals through the middle ground, up to the arks.’
    • ‘A good overall shot will include a distinct foreground, middle ground and background.’
    • ‘I can tell him what's going on in the foreground, middle ground, background, the left, the right.’
    • ‘The three ovals were labeled background, middle ground and foreground.’
    • ‘Point out the definition of foreground, middle ground and background.’
    • ‘It shows patrons and a waitress around a table, which converges onto a singer in the centre of the middle ground, who is visible in the preparatory drawing.’
    • ‘Discuss his painting techniques and how foreground, middle ground and background are well defined.’
    • ‘As distinct from other pictures, landscapes have three zones - a foreground, a middle ground and a background.’
    • ‘The foreground's cool white and bluish-green yields to the high heat of the middle ground.’


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