Definition of middle-of-the-road in English:

middle-of-the-road

adjective

  • 1Avoiding extremes; moderate.

    ‘the paper reflected the views of its middle-of-the-road readers’
    • ‘It's your basic, middle-of-the-road, spare but clean and cheap lodging which I always turn to when I'm footing the expenses myself.’
    • ‘For more middle-of-the-road housing, the big one is going to be the redevelopment of the council-owned Lagoon Farm, which could realise as many as 800 sections.’
    • ‘Having conceded so much to the opposition, he has to work hard to secure a middle-of-the-road position - to avoid drifting either to the Platonist right or to the pragmatist left.’
    • ‘The pack was led by Mike, whose quoted song lyric hints that the superficially middle-of-the-road, middle-class, middle-management nature of my life might not be the full story.’
    • ‘In short, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that there is something terribly middle-of-the-road about the old canon - which I will call the Citizen Kane canon.’
    • ‘Is it fair that many middle-of-the-road professionals must finish in the top 20 this weekend at Loch Lomond or miss their chance to play in the world's greatest championship at Royal St George's next week?’
    • ‘In fact, it had all the hallmarks of reasonably interesting, middle-of-the-road, weekday morning commercial radio, but it rapidly turned into something resembling a spectacle.’
    • ‘As I've said before, I'd like to be middle-of-the-road on this.’
    • ‘Yet if there's one thing most middle-of-the-road parents can agree on, it's that they are worried about how pop culture affects their children.’
    • ‘But in 1989, those middle-of-the-road rumblings dramatically changed lanes, as a squeaky clean princess met a notorious bad boy.’
    • ‘A handful of moderates are talking to middle-of-the-road Senate Republicans about possible compromises, although the talks are going slowly.’
    • ‘When the big bosses are trying to run the middle-of-the-road people out of the electoral process, you've got to wonder about the space we allot in the public arena for the circus freaks that give the world its colour.’
    • ‘These visages were created by first digitally blending a series of faces from each race into ‘composites’ to create average, middle-of-the-road features typical of each race.’
    • ‘The food is middle-of-the-road and well-prepared without being spectacular or too challenging, it's competitively priced and the surroundings are groovy.’
    • ‘Even an average middle-of-the-road outfit has reason to believe this could be the year.’
    average, standard, normal, middle-of-the-road, in-between, medium
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    1. 1.1(of music) tuneful but somewhat bland and unadventurous.
      • ‘It found that Irish people like most sorts of music, with middle-of-the-road music having the greatest appeal.’
      • ‘The problem with Eyes Adrift is that they make lifeless, middle-of-the-road tunes that exist, barely.’
      • ‘But when he hears the king, he realises just how middle-of-the-road his own music is.’
      • ‘The general formula is middle-of-the-road songwriting layered with U2 inspired bloat and some alternative or indie-rock window dressing.’
      • ‘He begins at the piano, back to the audience, crooning through some svelte middle-of-the-road coffee table number as only Bryan can.’
      • ‘The Get Up Kids have never made any bones about being middle-of-the-road emo, but this is more boring and predictable than an episode of Gilmore Girls.’
      • ‘This track is very middle-of-the-road, and features clear dialogue, music and effects.’
      • ‘The album is mainly middle-of-the-road reggae, heavy on drum and bass, and chock-full of melody lines that grab you right away and sound better with each listen.’
      • ‘It would be all too easy to launch into an assault on Kelly and Co. for being bland, middle-of-the-road and turgid.’
      • ‘When covering Dionne Warwick, it's hard to avoid the mellow middle-of-the-road.’
      • ‘The overwhelming majority of radio stations are like Radio 2: middle-of-the-road music, an engaging presenter and news on the hour.’
      • ‘Musically, everything is absolutely fine, in a middle-of-the-road, unexceptional sort of way.’
      • ‘Still, it's no wonder that Inside Job is a middle-of-the-road fluff-fest due to the fact that even the best of The Eagles' stuff was pure AM radio-lite music.’
      • ‘There are times when the surround feature kicked in (mostly with Alan Silvestri's upbeat music score), but otherwise this is a middle-of-the-road audio track.’
      • ‘Obviously there's some very modern sorts of jazz, so I made it more of a middle-of-the-road piece of jazz music rather than extreme cutting-edge piece of jazz music.’
      • ‘Described as post-grunge rock, it strips all the guts and glory out of the grunge we know and love, leaving the listener with watered-down middle-of-the-road ambiguity in both music and lyric.’
      • ‘While Girl Alone uses more soulful ballads, this newer version offers a greater variety of songs, including some rock and roll mixed in with the other middle-of-the-road music.’
      • ‘Some glorious highs are counterbalanced by a few truly grating tracks and a bunch of middle-of-the-road filler, but that's true of any compilation.’
      • ‘The musicianship is pretty tepid, middle-of-the-road country fare, but if you're a fan of harmony groups, this one is definitely worth a listen.’
      • ‘The music-variety genre aired on television at a time when rock and roll was growing in popularity, and the middle-of-the-road music offered by most of these shows did not appeal to younger audiences.’

Pronunciation:

middle-of-the-road

/ˈˌmidl ə(v) T͟Hə ˈrōd/