Fair To Middling Meaning
(idiomatic, usually hyphenated when placed before noun) Only tolerably good; somewhat favorable.
Example: 1907, Mark Twain, Christian Science, ch. 7:
"O'er Waiting Harpstrings of the Mind" is pretty good, quite fair to middlingâ€”the whole seven of the stanzasâ€”but repetition would be certain to take the excitement out of it in the course of time.
1911, Peter B. Kyne, Captain Scraggs or The Green-Pea Pirates, ch. 29:
Not a heluva good one, but fair to middlinâ€™.
2009 Nov. 20, William C. Rhoden, "Sports of The Times: Iverson Isnâ€™t the Answer for Knicks," New York Times (retrieved 20 Dec 2011):
For the next five months, Knicks fans will have to watch a collection of underachievers, inexperienced players and fair-to-middling pros attempt to be respectable.