Definition of middle-of-the-road in English:

middle-of-the-road

Syllabification: mid·dle-of-the-road

adjective

  • 1Avoiding extremes; moderate: the paper reflected the views of its middle-of-the-road readers
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    • Having conceded so much to the opposition, he has to work hard to secure a middle-of-the-road position - to avoid drifting either to the Platonist right or to the pragmatist left.
    • A handful of moderates are talking to middle-of-the-road Senate Republicans about possible compromises, although the talks are going slowly.
    • These visages were created by first digitally blending a series of faces from each race into ‘composites’ to create average, middle-of-the-road features typical of each race.
  • 1.1(Of music) tuneful but somewhat bland and unadventurous.
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    • The music-variety genre aired on television at a time when rock and roll was growing in popularity, and the middle-of-the-road music offered by most of these shows did not appeal to younger audiences.
    • While Girl Alone uses more soulful ballads, this newer version offers a greater variety of songs, including some rock and roll mixed in with the other middle-of-the-road music.
    • The album is mainly middle-of-the-road reggae, heavy on drum and bass, and chock-full of melody lines that grab you right away and sound better with each listen.

Derivatives

middle-of-the-roader

noun
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  • I doubt that many middle-of-the-roaders are going to see the film (they mostly don't frequent theaters to begin with, and a documentary isn't likely to be the catalyst to overcome that obstacle).
  • And it turns out that the Republicans were able to win the middle-of-the-roaders, the moderates, the centrists.
  • It has a place in the breast of die-hard lefties, but finds a home also among decent, humane, middle-of-the-roaders and true conservatives.

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