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You could have schools with very middling results that are serving very disadvantaged kids and really contributing quite a lot to their education.
A NEW WINDOW INTO HOW SAN DIEGO SCHOOLS ARE PERFORMINGWILL HUNTSBERRYJULY 28, 2021VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
I could ride a shortboard, get the occasional good wave, and stay out of the way of better surfers, but I had always been middling at best.
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The Clippers had little fan support, and they oscillated between being league bottom-dwellers and a middling franchise.
THE BILLIONAIRE PLAYBOOK: HOW SPORTS OWNERS USE THEIR TEAMS TO AVOID MILLIONS IN TAXESBY ROBERT FATURECHI, JUSTIN ELLIOTT AND ELLIS SIMANIJULY 8, 2021PROPUBLICA
When a once-celebrated author winds up teaching in a middling MFA program, he’s sure he’s squandered his chance at lasting success — until one of his promising pupils dies, inspiring the novelist to claim the student’s book idea as his own.
20 BOOKS TO READ THIS SUMMERWASHINGTON POST EDITORS AND REVIEWERSMAY 27, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Murphy had middling approval ratings before the pandemic, with one in five voters holding no opinion of how he was doing.
THE TRAILER: CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS LOSE THE BEAR – AND SOME MOMENTUM FOR THE GAVIN NEWSOM RECALL ELECTIONDAVID WEIGELMAY 6, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Like most other middling NFL towns, San Diego could have raised a small tax on hotel rooms or rental cars or even sales to build a stadium here.
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His parents encouraged him to aim for the Ivy League, but he knew its football was middling.
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Jared Leto in “The Little Things,” which earned middling reviews, is a real head-scratcher.
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The fire continued to burn well into December, when UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged, with middling effect, the nations of the world to declare a climate emergency.
THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS WORSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU TRY.BY ELIZABETH WEILJANUARY 25, 2021PROPUBLICA
That said, you can definitely get a decent chair for less than the price of one night at a middling beach town hotel.
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WORDS RELATED TO MIDDLING

  • average
  • bad
  • base
  • common
  • déclassé
  • fair
  • good-for-nothing
  • hack
  • imperfect
  • indifferent
  • junk
  • lemon
  • lousy
  • low-grade
  • low-quality
  • low-rent
  • mean
  • mediocre
  • middling
  • ordinary
  • paltry
  • poorer
  • sad
  • second-rate
  • shabby
  • sorry
  • substandard
  • tawdry
  • two-bit
  • worse
  • wretched
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