Gray area

Definition

An idiom that refers to a situation that is not clearly defined, and is instead a sort of in-between or ambiguous state.

Examples

This issue falls into a gray area, so it’s hard to determine who is right.

The law is vague in this area, making it a gray area.

Origin

Believed to have originated in the US in the 20th century.

FAQs

What does ‘gray area’ mean?

An idiom that refers to a situation that is not clearly defined.

What are some examples of ‘gray area’?

Examples include: ‘This issue falls into a gray area, so it’s hard to determine who is right.’ and ‘The law is vague in this area, making it a gray area.’

Where did the phrase ‘gray area’ originate from?

Believed to have originated in the US in the 20th century.