Definition of middle eight in English:

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middle eight

noun

A short section (typically of eight bars) in the middle of a conventionally structured popular song, generally of a different character from the other parts of the song.
Example sentences
  • The set is peppered with indifferent songs to be honest, but with nice middle eights.
  • We'd turn up at a rehearsal and find he'd deleted verses 3 and 4 of a certain song, or inserted new verses, changed the words here and there, completely altered the middle eight of a song, or had added a whole new intro.
  • Structurally, many employ a standard verse and refrain alternation, punctuated by a middle eight, where the song becomes fleetingly more interesting.

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Syllabification: mid·dle eight

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