One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the middle of.
- ‘One scenic palm stands alone midst the cry of gulls, pelicans and boobies.’
- ‘And midst them are those of Sydney Agricultural University whose Chardonnay is a premium wine in the market.’
- ‘She sat down on the floor midst the great mess she had created angrily.’
- ‘I stayed clear, took a haphazard line, and waded through the heather midst a cloud of pollen.’
- ‘Molly scanned the room for an instrument, finally spotting an electric guitar midst the rubble.’
The middle point or part.
middle, centre, midpoint, halfway point, kernel, nub, focal pointView synonyms
- ‘To be plopped in the river's midst, in a canoe, on a spectacular day, is tranquilizing.’
- ‘With tragic false confidence, the trio skied closer to the middle of the Bowl - into the midst of a vast avalanche path.’
- ‘Then suddenly it could be observed that Maisie was in the crowd's midst.’
- ‘But the girl had slipped into the woods, into the midst of a chorus of singing tree frogs and cicadas.’
in our (or your, their, etc.) midst
Among us (or you or them).
among us, between us, amid us, in our group, with us, surrounded by us, in the centreView synonyms
- ‘Perhaps you have a budding gardener in your midst.’
- ‘If there are clowns and incompetents and criminals in your midst and you protect them, you're just as bad as they are and you command no respect at all from anyone.’
- ‘The best records always reside on their own little planet, a few orbits away from the rest of the music in their midst.’
- ‘Nothing fragments group solidarity and self-confidence like the gnawing suspicion of having an informer in your midst.’
- ‘People fear the potential fifth columnist in their midst.’
in the midst of
In the middle of.‘we were in the midst of a losing streak’
- ‘To be in the Pakistan dressing room in the midst of all this was truly unenviable.’
- ‘It is not merely continuity but conviction that has been lost in the midst of all this.’
- ‘What did that leaf represent in the midst of all this concrete and chaos?’
- ‘How are we called to live our lives in the midst of all that goes on in the world around us?’
- ‘But on that day, in the midst of all that evil, I saw the depth humanity has to offer.’
Late Middle English: from in middes ‘in the middle’.
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