between : Idioms & Phrases

Between decks

  • adverb in the space between decks, on a ship
    'tween decks.
  • the space, or in the space, between the decks of a vessel.
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Between ourselves, Between you and me, Between themselves

  • in confidence; with the understanding that the matter is not to be communicated to others.
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Betwixt and between

  • in a midway position; so-so; neither one thing nor the other. Colloq.
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Far between

  • with a long distance (of space or time) between; at long intervals. "The examinations are few and far between." Farrar.
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  • noun a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
    intermediator; intercessor; intermediary; mediator.
Go"-be*tween` noun
  1. An intermediate agent; a broker; a procurer; -- usually in a disparaging sense. Shak.
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  • adjective satellite being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series
    middle; mediate.
    • adolescence is an awkward in-between age
    • in a mediate position
    • the middle point on a line

read between the lines

  • verb read what is implied but not expressed on the surface

To come between

  • to interverne; to separate; hence, to cause estrangement .
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To get between

  • to arrive between.
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To go between

  • to interpose or mediate between; to be a secret agent between parties; in a bad sense, to pander.
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To read between the lines

  • to infer something different from what is plainly indicated; to detect the real meaning as distinguished from the apparent meaning.
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war between the states

  • noun civil war in the United States between the North and the South; 1861-1865
    United States Civil War; American Civil War.