middle man


noun, plural middlemen.
a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
a person who acts as an intermediary.

1400–50; late Middle English: maker of girdles; see middle, man1

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middleman (ˈmɪdəlˌmæn)
n , pl -men
1.  an independent trader engaged in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer
2.  an intermediary
3.  theatre the interlocutor in minstrel shows

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in the trading sense, 1795, from middle+ man.
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