Meaning of “happy medium” in the English Dictionary

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"happy medium" in British English

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happy mediumnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌhæp.i ˈmiː.di.əm/ us /ˌhæp.i ˈmiː.di.əm/ approving

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.

(Definition of “happy medium” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"happy medium" in American English

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happy mediumnoun [ U ]

us /ˈhæp·i ˈmi·di·əm/

a way of acting or thinking that avoids being extreme and that is acceptable to everyone:

Somewhere in the debate over immigration, there has to be a happy medium.

(Definition of “happy medium” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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