1) PHR-PREP: usu v-link PREP -ing/n If you are in the midst of doing something, you are doing it at the moment.

Congress is in the midst of rewriting the nation's banking laws...

We are in the midst of one of the worst recessions for many, many years.

in the middle of
2) PHR-PREP If something happens in the midst of an event, it happens during it.

Eleanor arrived in the midst of a blizzard.

3) PHR-PREP If someone or something is in the midst of a group of people or things, they are among them or surrounded by them.

Many were surprised to see him exposed like this in the midst of a large crowd...

Angelo laid the gun carefully on the table, in the midst of brochures and other papers.

4) PHRASE: v-link PHR You say that someone is in your midst when you are drawing attention to the fact that they are in your group. [FORMAL]

We're lucky to have such a man in our midst.

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  • Midst — Midst, n. [From middest, in the middest, for older in middes, where s is adverbial (orig. forming a genitive), or still older a midde, a midden, on midden. See {Mid}, and cf. {Amidst}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The interior or central part or place; the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midst — [ mıdst ] noun uncount * in the midst of something FORMAL 1. ) while something else is happening: Nixon went to China in the midst of a crisis at home. 2. ) if you are in the midst of something, you are doing it or it is affecting you: Our… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • midst — [midst, mitst] n. [ME middest, prob. merging of middes, gen. of mid (with unhistoric t) + middest, superl. of mid,MID1] the middle or central part: now mainly in phrases as below prep. Old Poet. in the midst of; amidst; amid SYN. MIDDLE in our… …   English World dictionary

  • midst — is now most commonly used in the phrases in the midst of or in our (etc.) midst, meaning ‘among, in the middle of’. Typical contexts are both physical and abstract: • There was…something sinister about this place, unhusbanded and yieldless in the …   Modern English usage

  • Midst — Midst, prep. In the midst of; amidst. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midst — archaic or literary ► PREPOSITION ▪ in the middle of. ► NOUN ▪ the middle point or part. ● in our (or your, their, etc.) midst Cf. ↑in your/their midst …   English terms dictionary

  • Midst — Midst, adv. In the middle. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midst — index center (central position) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • midst — (n.) c.1400, from M.E. middes (mid 14c.), from MID (Cf. mid) + adverbial genitive s. The parasitic t is perhaps on model of superlatives (Cf. AGAINST (Cf. against)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • midst — middle, *center, core, hub, focus, nucleus, heart …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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