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steer (or take) a middle course

Definition of steer or take a middle course in English:

Adopt a policy which avoids extremes.
Example sentences
  • But the bee takes a middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.
  • But both sides, while unctuously claiming that of course they themselves take a middle course and believe in both genes and culture, seemingly remain convinced that no one on the other side does.
  • The result is a comprehensive and, in places, detailed account of the life of this king that generally steers a middle course through the many controversies of his reign.
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