me'-so-zyoog'-ma from Gk. meso, "middle" and zeugma, "yoke"
Also sp. mezozeugma
middle marcher

A zeugma in which one places a common verb for many subjects in the middle of a construction.
  First the door locked, and then his jaw.

Neither his father nor his mother could persuade him; neither his friends nor his kinsmen.

Related Figures

  Sources: Mosellanus a4v; Susenbrotus (1540) 26; Peacham (1577) K3r; Putt. (1589) 176 ("mesozeugma," "middle marcher")

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