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noun middle pronunciation in American English /ˈmɪd(ə)l/
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pluralmiddles
  1. 1

    the middle

    the part of something that is farthest from the sides, edges, or ends
    middle ofin the middle (of something):

    There was a cat sitting in the middle of the road.

    in the middle:

    The cake was still frozen in the middle.

    down/through the middle:

    a sheet with a blue stripe down the middle

    into the middle (of something):

    I threw the stone into the middle of the pond.

    right/(slap) bang/smack in the middle of something (=exactly in the middle of something):

    They’ve put a horrible statue smack in the middle of their front yard.

    1. a.

      the middle

      the part that is between the beginning and the end of a period of time or an event
      middle of:

      the middle of the 15th century

      in the middle of something:

      Why are you sneaking around in the middle of the night?

      He fell asleep in the middle of the movie.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] your waist and the part of your body around your waist

    Ben was holding a towel around his middle.

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