happy medium


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happy medium

n
a course or state that avoids extremes
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hap′py me′dium


n.
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Translations
الحَل الوَسَط الأفْضَل، الوسط السَّعيد
střední cesta
den gyldne middelvej
középút
meîalvegur
stredná cesta
orta yol

happy medium

ngiusta via di mezzo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

happy

(ˈhӕpi) adjective
1. having or showing a feeling of pleasure or contentment. a happy smile; I feel happy today.
2. willing. I'd be happy to help you.
3. lucky. By a happy chance I have the key with me.
ˈhappiness noun
ˈhappily adverb
The child smiled happily; Happily, (= Fortunately,) she arrived home safely.
ˌhappy-go-ˈlucky adjective
not worrying about what might happen. cheerful and happy-go-lucky.
happy medium
a sensible middle course between two extreme positions. I need to find the happy medium between starving and over-eating.
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References in classic literature ?
The happy medium for stump-clearing is the lord of all beasts, who is the elephant.
I endeavoured to hit a happy medium between these two extremes; my aunt approved the result; and Mr.
Knightley `no;' and Miss Bates and I that he is just the happy medium. When you have been here a little longer, Miss Fairfax, you will understand that Mr.
Between the purely physical rykor and the purely mental kaldane there was little choice; but in the happy medium of normal, and imperfect man, as she knew him, lay the most desirable state of existence.
He added: "Sooner or later, the British Parliament is going to have to support a backstop for Northern Ireland or else support no Brexit at all - there is no happy medium between these two eventualities "The bottom line is that the backstop, aside from scrapping Brexit entirely, is our only insurance policy against a hard border.
Surely some happy medium exists between a maximal prison sentence and none at all for an alleged violent anti-Semite but the judge in the case is recommending a scandalous degree of leniency in the event a plea deal can be reached.
A happy medium would be a compromise, maybe back to an adaptation of the original "Common Market" of the 1970s?
Initially, I thought: "Don't be ridiculous", but when I put myself in his position, I thought: "Yep, it would drive me insane if my partner was that close to an ex", so we found a happy medium.
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This much-loved play offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madam Arcarti.
With women ranging in sizes from a US 10 to 30, Brioschi hopes to showcase curvy body types, which she considers to be a happy medium between being too thin or too overweight.