mid·dle·man | \ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌman \

Definition of middleman 

: an intermediary or agent between two parties especially : a dealer, agent, or company intermediate between the producer of goods and the retailer or consumer

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Examples of middleman in a Sentence

The Internet helps consumers save money by buying products directly from companies and eliminating the middleman. We've cut out the middleman and can reduce prices for our customers. He acted as the middleman in the talks between labor and management.
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These discounts often take the form of rebates paid to insurers and middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Tests Limits of the Law," 16 June 2018 The drug makers and middlemen have received little to no scrutiny until recently. Irl Hirsch, STAT, "Paying the price for insulin," 17 May 2018 Traders and middlemen keep it in storage until conditions are right for shipment and sale, watching factors including market price, demand and the general security situation. Kristof Titeca, Washington Post, "I did the first long-term study investigating illegal ivory traders. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Apr. 2018 My bill will help stop the cash flow for middlemen involved in illicit sober homes and paid referrals. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Rubio wants to stop kickbacks that keep drug addicts perpetually in recovery," 5 July 2018 Police can't take out the middleman, said Philip Cook, a professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it," 1 July 2018 The eventual price a consumer pays for a treatment is influenced by an opaque system of drugmakers, insurers and middlemen called pharmacy-benefit managers. Fortune, "Jeff Bezos Just Did President Trump a Big Favor on Drug Pricing," 28 June 2018 But the online retail giant’s decision to buy online pharmacy PillPack rapidly accelerates the threat posed to entrenched retailers, suppliers and middlemen. Robert Langreth And Zachary Tracer, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon makes $1 billion splash into health care with PillPack pact," 28 June 2018 Alas, the vote-hungry politicians, stodgy bureaucrats, dreamy professors and opportunistic middlemen who often end up steering policy do not always succeed in making the most of scarce resources. The Economist, "Indian states are testing a new way of setting development priorities," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of middleman

1677, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of middleman

: a person or company that buys goods from a producer and sells them to someone else

: a person who helps two people or groups to deal with and communicate with each other when they are not able or willing to do it themselves

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