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noun British     piggy-in-the-middle pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a children’s game in which two people throw a ball to each other and a third person stands between them and tries to catch it
  2. 2
    [singular] informal someone who is caught between two people or groups who are having an argument, especially when they are friendly with both sides
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