in the middle


: in a difficult or unpleasant position
She hated conflict and did not want to be put in the middle.
He was caught in the middle when his parents got divorced.

Examples of in the middle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a divisive defendant like Trump is facing jail time in the middle of a heated election season, a clear-eyed assessment was always going to be tricky. Philip Elliott, TIME, 8 May 2024 That strategy suggests Johnson would face a direct challenge to his speakership from an alternative candidate as early as January 2025, rather than a vote on ousting him smack in the middle of the current session. Ken Tran, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 General admission passes are the regular stands in the coliseum, while dirt level tickets will put guests in chairs in the middle of the arena floor. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 May 2024 Rees-Zammit accelerated in the middle of the field, evading tacklers more than 40 yards before whistles eventually stopped the play. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 7 May 2024 Temperatures in the capital city start to heat up in the middle of the week. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 6 May 2024 Australian writer-director Robert Connolly had a domestic hit in 2021 with The Dry, a slow-burn murder mystery built around Eric Bana’s somber performance as a pensive city cop drawn back to the remote town of his childhood in the middle of a prolonged drought. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 Two people and their dog have been killed after their mobile home exploded in the middle of the night, police said. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 8 May 2024 Buescher found a hole between Chastain and Bell in the middle, briefly making those five drivers even for second place. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024

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“In the middle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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