a course of action or condition that is between two extremes:
Our climate is a happy medium between hot and cold.
a satisfactory compromise between two things that are related in such a way that one increases as the other decreases:
We need to find a happy medium between conserving land and developing property.
a course or state that avoids extremes
a satisfactory compromise
The midway point between two extremes. For example, We need to find a happy medium between overdoing the holiday season and ignoring it entirely. This expression, first recorded in 1778, was once known as the golden mean and is based on ancient mathematical principles.
- Happy pill
noun phrase A tranquilizer pill (1956+)
- Happy-puppet syndrome
happy-puppet syndrome hap·py-pup·pet syndrome (hāp’ē-pŭp’ĭt) n. A congenital syndrome of unknown cause that is characterized by mental retardation, ataxic movements, hypotonia, epileptic seizures, prolonged and easily provoked spasms of laughter, prognathism, and an open-mouthed facial expression.
- Happy release
noun 1. liberation, esp by death, from an unpleasant condition
- Happy slap
verb See happy slapping