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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Word Origin & History

in the trading sense, 1795, from middle+ man.
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Example sentences
But in this case, the scientists avoided the middleman cell.
The implication of his story is that he made his journey to see if he could cut
  out the middleman and acquire ivory directly.
Adobe is fighting to keep its place as the middleman of choice for creative
Same transactions, but no psychic toll or middleman in between.
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