fair to middling

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fair to middling

: just average : not especially good
  • The food was fair to middling.

Word by Word Definitions

fair play
  1. : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism

  2. : conforming with the established rules : allowed

  3. : consonant with merit or importance : due

  1. : a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade

  2. : a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements

  3. : an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product

  1. : in a manner that is honest or impartial or that conforms to rules : in a fair manner

  2. : fairly

  1. : clear

  2. : to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

  1. : something that is fair or fortunate (see 1fair)

  2. : beauty, fairness

  3. : woman

middling play
  1. : of middle, medium, or moderate size, degree, or quality

  2. : mediocre, second-rate

  3. : of, relating to, or being a middle class

  1. : any of various commodities of intermediate size, quality, or position

  2. : a granular product of grain milling


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