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middleman

[mid-l-man] /ˈmɪd lˌmæn/
noun, plural middlemen.
1.
a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
2.
a person who acts as an intermediary.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: maker of girdles; see middle, man1
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British Dictionary definitions for middle men

middleman

/ˈmɪdəlˌmæn/
noun (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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Word Origin and History for middle men

middleman

n.

in the trading sense, 1795, from middle + man. From mid-15c. as the name of some type of workman in wire-making. From 1741 as "one who takes a middle course."

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