English Idiom - Gray Area

We use the term gray area to talk about a situation where things don't fit easily into categories or where the rules are not clear. Things are easy when they are black and white, but much more complicated when there is a lot of gray area. Examples below!


Examples

It seems like there is a lot of gray area in the university's policy on coworkers dating.

A good novel doesn't just tell you what to think about a character, if they are good or bad. The gray area is the most interesting part!

The law was designed before the internet existed, so there is still a lot of legal gray area surrounding it.

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