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[mid-l-man] /ˈmɪd lˌmæn/
noun, plural middlemen.
a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
a person who acts as an intermediary.
Origin of middleman
1400-50; late Middle English: maker of girdles; see middle, man1 Unabridged
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  • 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 professionals.
  • Same transactions, but no psychic toll or middleman in between.
  • It eliminates the middleman-that is, it eliminates editors.
  • As any good criminal should, they have a middleman to provide plausible deniability.
  • Let the middleman go, that is the only solution to this problem.
  • For years mortgage brokers have helped the industry, acting as a middleman and helping relations between borrowers and lenders.
British Dictionary definitions for middleman


noun (pl) -men
an independent trader engaged in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer
an intermediary
(theatre) the interlocutor in minstrel shows
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Word Origin and History for middleman

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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