mid·​dle·​man ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌman How to pronounce middleman (audio)
: an intermediary or agent between two parties
especially : a dealer, agent, or company intermediate between the producer of goods and the retailer or consumer

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But, in turn, Amex becomes the middleman between customers and restaurants. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 1 July 2024 These groups, who serve as middlemen between health plans and drug manufacturers, negotiate prices with drug companies and set reimbursement rates for pharmacies. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 27 June 2024 The bank accounts of tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and consumers have been frozen in the aftermath of the abrupt shutdown and bankruptcy of financial technology company Synapse, which acts as a middleman between financial technology companies and banks. Ken Sweet, Fortune, 23 May 2024 Chauncey Billups would yell at a raw Ibaka during pick-up games after mistakes, and Fernandez was stuck as the awkward middleman that had to explain what Ibaka was doing wrong and why. C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 18 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for middleman 

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middleman was in 1677

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“Middleman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middleman. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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mid·​dle·​man ˈmid-ᵊl-ˌman How to pronounce middleman (audio)
: go-between
especially : a dealer between the producer of goods and the consumer

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