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in the space separating (two points, objects, etc.):
between New York and Chicago.
intermediate to, in time, quantity, or degree:
between twelve and one o’clock; between 50 and 60 apples; between pink and red.
linking; connecting:
air service between cities.
in portions for each of (two people):
splitting the profits between them.
sharing the responsibilities between the five of us.
by the dual or common action or participation of:
Between us, we can finish the job in a couple of hours.
distinguishing one from the other:
He couldn’t see the difference between good and bad.
in comparing:
no preference between the two wines.
by the combined effect of.
existing confidentially for:
We’ll keep this matter between the two of us.
involving; concerning:
war between nations; choice between things.
being felt jointly or reciprocated by:
the love between them.
by joint possession of:
Between them they own most of this company.
Heraldry. in the midst of, so as to make a symmetrical composition:
a cross argent between four bezants.
Usually, betweens. a short needle with a rounded eye and a sharp point, used for fine hand stitchery in heavy fabric.
in the intervening space or time; in an intermediate position or relation:
two windows with a door between; visits that were far between.
between ourselves, confidentially; in trust.
Also, between you and me, between you, me, and the post/lamppost/gatepost/etc.
in between,

situated in an intermediary area or on a line or imaginary line connecting two points, things, etc.
in the way:
I reached for the ball, but the dog got in between.

Contemporary Examples

One top agent notes the last huge merger in the entertainment world that he can remember was between Time Warner and AOL.
Hollywood’s Coming Culture Clash Kim Masters March 24, 2009

For instance, between 1977 and 1997, two-thirds of full-time workers had moved on to higher pay within a year.
Big Labor’s Big Mac Attack Nick Gillespie December 3, 2013

In between those two scenes, however, lies the best and most powerful pure war film ever made, in my opinion.
Shawn Ryan’s Favorite War Movies Shawn Ryan September 25, 2012

The new partisan disparity is between an overwhelming 80 percent of Republicans and a still solid 65 percent of Democrats.
How Many Democrats Booed Jerusalem at the DNC? Gil Troy September 5, 2012

I would enjoy chatting with him in between takes and learning interesting facts about dinosaurs and their history.
‘Jurassic Park’ Turns 20: Film Memories With Ariana Richards Anna Klassen April 5, 2013

Historical Examples

between righteousness and morals the difference is important.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

between them, his days and nights were occupied to crowding.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

between parent and child, the intimacy had been unusually close.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

It is true there was a fifth farm situated right in between the others.
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon

“I am––that is, I––My tent was right there between those two trees,” said Ashton.
Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet

at a point or in a region intermediate to two other points in space, times, degrees, etc
in combination; together: between them, they saved enough money to buy a car
confined or restricted to: between you and me
indicating a reciprocal relation or comparison: an argument between a man and his wife
indicating two or more alternatives: a choice between going now and staying all night
between one specified thing and another: two houses with a garage between

Old English betweonum “between, among, by turns,” Mercian betwinum, from bi- “by” (see be-) + tweonum dative plural of *tweon “two each” (cf. Gothic tweih-nai “two each”). Between a rock and a hard place is from 1940s, originally cowboy slang. Between-whiles is from 1670s.

between a rock and a hard place
between the lines
between you and me


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