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Language: Old English
Origin: onmiddan 'in the middle'

amid

preposition
     
a‧mid
1 while noisy, busy, or confused events are happening - used in writing or news reports:
The dollar has fallen in value amid rumors of weakness in the US economy.
Demonstrators ripped up the national flag amid shouts of 'Death to the tyrants!'
2 literary among or surrounded by things:
He sat amid the trees.

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