strike a happy medium


strike a happy medium
strike a happy medium & hit a happy medium & find a happy medium
to find a compromise position; to arrive at a position halfway between two unacceptable extremes. •

Ann likes very spicy food, but Bob doesn't care for spicy food at all. We are trying to find a restaurant that strikes a happy medium.

Tom is either very happy or very sad. He can't seem to hit a happy medium.

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{v. phr.} To find an answer to a problem that is halfway between two unsatisfactory answers. * /Mary said the dress was blue. Jane said it was green. They finally struck a happy medium and decided it was blue-green./ * /Two teaspoons of sugar made the cup of coffee too sweet, and one not sweet enough. One heaping teaspoon struck a happy medium./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • strike a happy medium — {v. phr.} To find an answer to a problem that is halfway between two unsatisfactory answers. * /Mary said the dress was blue. Jane said it was green. They finally struck a happy medium and decided it was blue green./ * /Two teaspoons of sugar… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • strike\ a\ happy\ medium — v. phr. To find an answer to a problem that is halfway between two unsatisfactory answers. Mary said the dress was blue. Jane said it was green. they finally struck a happy medium and decided it was blue green. Two teaspoons of sugar made the cup …   Словарь американских идиом

  • strike a happy medium — A man walked into a fortune teller s tent. When the fortune teller saw him, she started laughing, so he hit her. Why? He was striking a happy medium …   English expressions

  • a happy medium — a/the happy ˈmedium idiom something that is in the middle between two choices or two ways of doing sth • She tried to strike a happy medium between making the questions too hard and making them too easy. Main entry: ↑happyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • the happy medium — a/the happy ˈmedium idiom something that is in the middle between two choices or two ways of doing sth • She tried to strike a happy medium between making the questions too hard and making them too easy. Main entry: ↑happyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • medium — [[t]mi͟ːdiəm[/t]] ♦♦♦ mediums, media (The plural of the noun can be either mediums or media for meanings 4 and 5. The form mediums is the plural for meaning 6.) 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n If something is of medium size, it is neither large nor small, but… …   English dictionary

  • happy — hap|py W1S1 [ˈhæpi] adj comparative happier superlative happiest [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: hap chance, luck (13 20 centuries), from Old Norse happ] 1.) having feelings of pleasure, for example because something good has happened to you or you are …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • strike — [[t]stra͟ɪk[/t]] ♦♦ strikes, striking, struck, stricken (The form struck is the past tense and past participle. The form stricken can also be used as the past participle for meanings 6, 17, and 19.) 1) N COUNT: also on N When there is a strike,… …   English dictionary

  • happy — See: STRIKE A HAPPY MEDIUM, TRIGGER HAPPY at QUICK ON THE TRIGGER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • happy — See: STRIKE A HAPPY MEDIUM, TRIGGER HAPPY at QUICK ON THE TRIGGER …   Dictionary of American idioms


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