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Example:

In the following sections, you’ll consider how to build better forms with some codepowered features. The following forms are covered:

• PlaceOrder lets you create a new order. It works in conjunction with the PlaceOrder_ Subform, which lets you add individual items to the order.

• AddProduct lets you create a new product. You can use it directly from the PlaceOrder form to add a product in mid-order.

• ShipOrders lets you update an order with shipment information. It also works with a form named ReviewOrderDetails to show the items in the order.

How do you understand that phrase grammatically? I don't think I have ever seen that kind of phrase used before.

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    mid- "the middle of a period of time: used with many nouns". A similar phrase is "mid-air". – Damkerng T. Mar 4 '15 at 14:11
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OP's example is a (very slightly creative) variant of the idiomatically commonplace in mid-conversation (that's about 12,100 written instances in Google Books).

And that's modeled on the even more common [don't switch horses] in midstream...

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...which as you can see has become so well established we've done away with the hyphen.

In OP's case, in mid-order can be "expanded" to in the middle of [the process of creating/amending] an order. Taking another example, you might do/say something in the middle of [the process of] striding. As that last NGram shows, the idiomatic "device" has become far more popular in recent decades.

But I would caution learners not to be too enthusiastic about adopting this usage in every credible context. One particular issue is that although in works okay in OP's exact context, it's only "optional" (in that and many other contexts, native speakers often wouldn't include it).


TL;DR: The adverbial construction [in] mid[-]X means [whilst] in the middle of X. Superficially X may be an "object" (order, stream, conversation), but usually it's a shorthand way of representing a "process" (placing an order, crossing a stream, having a conversation).

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