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    down the middle of the road

    Dear all,

    "Those are conservative people, down the middle of the road people"

    What is the meaning of "down the middle of the road"?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    We would just say 'middle of the road', without 'down the'. This describes people whose politics are neither to the left nor to the right, but somewhere in the middle.

    It does not mean people who drive down the middle of the road.

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    We would just say 'middle of the road', without 'down the'. This describes people whose politics are neither to the left nor to the right, but somewhere in the middle.

    It does not mean people who drive down the middle of the road.
    You mean "normal simple people like us"

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Hey, I know I'm simple but that's for me to say, not you!

    Actually it doesn't necessarily mean that. You can be a normal, simple person and still far prefer one political party to another. This really is a statement about those people not having strong political opinions.

    The expression can also be used in other areas such as music or art, when someone is being described as not favouring any extreme genre.

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Hey, I know I'm simple but that's for me to say, not you!

    Actually it doesn't necessarily mean that. You can be a normal, simple person and still far prefer one political party to another. This really is a statement about those people not having strong political opinions.

    The expression can also be used in other areas such as music or art, when someone is being described as not favouring any extreme genre.
    can't thank you enough

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    So your sentence does not make sense:

    "Those are conservative people, down the middle of the road people"


    A "middle of the road" person is neither conservative or liberal.

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    So your sentence does not make sense:

    "Those are conservative people, down the middle of the road people"


    A "middle of the road" person is neither conservative or liberal.
    The American "middle" is much more "conservative" than a simple "half-a-loaf analysis" might demand. Reagan won 49 states.

    "Middle of the road" is a synonym for "mainstream."

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    A "middle of the road" person is neither conservative or liberal.
    a middle-of-the-road person can be moderately conservative or moderately liberal. It's possible to be a conservative socialist. I agree with The Dude's explantions.

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    We would just say 'middle of the road', without 'down the'. This describes people whose politics are neither to the left nor to the right, but somewhere in the middle.

    It does not mean people who drive down the middle of the road.
    Incidentally, this literal interpretation was used in a TV advert for a chocolate bar featuring two workmen painting the white line down the middle of the road. One asked 'What're your politics?' (The punchline is left as an exercise for the reader - well, it was quite funny, given the camera-angles [which didn't show what the men were doing until after the punchline].)

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    Re: down the middle of the road

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    a middle-of-the-road person can be moderately conservative or moderately liberal. It's possible to be a conservative socialist. I agree with The Dude's explantions.
    In Br Eng (as 5jj knows, but as may be of interest to others) people often use the disambiguating phrase "little c conservative"; in contrast, a proud member of the Conservative party might claim to be 'a big C Conservative'.

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