in the middle of


: while (something) is happening or being done : during (something)
The protesters interrupted her in the middle of her speech.
He kept waking up in the middle of the night.
The movie was so bad we walked out right in the middle of it.
: in the process of (doing something)
I was in the middle of (eating) dinner when the phone rang.

Examples of in the middle of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the city was in the middle of an intense heat wave, and by midafternoon the temperature was higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Terri Adams-Fuller, Scientific American, 15 June 2023 The state statute in the middle of this controversy governs the procedure through which tax-exempt status is granted for any organization. Yash Roy, Journal Sentinel, 13 June 2023 Is there a counter-history in which Putin’s Russia and the U.S. merrily prosecuted the war on terror together—threw bags over people’s heads, knocked down doors in the middle of the night, and zapped people from the skies, together? Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 That January, Patrick woke in the middle of the night with significant GI bleeding. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 12 June 2023 Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain has been one of the best hitters in baseball since he got called up in the middle of May. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 12 June 2023 Mitchell’s father heard the crash and rushed from his porch to find his son lying in the middle of the road. Faiz Siddiqui, Jeremy B. Merrill, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2023 And ofc, who doesn't love a cute love story hidden in the middle of a young girl's journey of self-discovery? Jasmine Washington,, 8 June 2023 The third baseman was also in the middle of a couple of key defensive mistakes. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 See More

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“In the middle of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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