mid·​dle·​man | \ ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌman How to pronounce middleman (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web In an industry that has typically been reliant on the broker or ‘middleman’ to make the deal, digital solutions offer another path of exploration to help buyers and sellers in the current market. Hoshik Shin, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Unlike with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which often acts as a middleman between studios and voters, HFPA members are much easier to reach directly. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Bartasi’s last company, the fertility-benefits provider Progyny, managed fertility coverage on behalf of employers, acting as a middleman; at Kindbody, Bartasi sells fertility treatments directly to consumers and employers. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 Three officials have previously named them as Rahmatullah Azizi, a onetime drug smuggler who grew wealthy as a middleman for the Russian spies, and Habib Muradi. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Working, for now, in favor of the middleman: price volatility. William Baldwin, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The Vatican's secretariat of state had used Torzi as a middleman to exit an investment fund that controlled the London property so that the Holy See could buy the building outright. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 Correia didn’t take the money, which Camara quickly returned to a middleman after wiping the envelope of fingerprints, prosecutors allege. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 The best part of turning to a relational middleman during a global experience like a pandemic is realizing how many others have the same goal of connection. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of middleman

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middleman was in 1677

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7 Jun 2021

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“Middleman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middleman. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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