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happy medium

noun [S] uk   approving us  
a state or way of doing something that avoids being extreme, often combining the best of two opposite states or ways of doing something: I try to strike a (= achieve a) happy medium when I'm on holiday, and spend half my time doing things and the other half just relaxing.
Translations of “happy medium”
in Chinese (Traditional) 折衷方案…
in Chinese (Simplified) 折中方案…
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