(a) grey area


1. a situation that is not clearly defined or where the rules are uncertain






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it's a bit of a grey area

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This phrase expresses a situation that is not clearly defined or falls between different categories. A 'grey area' is open to interpretation as generally the rules are not known and therefore it is hard to judge what is right or wrong. This can lead to confusion about how to deal with a situation or decide who is responsible for it, but it can also lead to opportunities if you take appropriate advantage of the confusion. It can be used in a social context but is more common in a professional one. A phrase with a similar meaning is 'no-man's-land.'

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  1. There is a large grey area regarding the storage of people's private information by social networking sites. 

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  1. I don't know whether our method of securing the contract was fully legal or not. It's a bit of a grey area.
  2. Our plans to expand into that country have been put on the back burner. There are too many grey areas in how their government conducts business.

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