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 After a few successful mask deliveries, Brennan and Rivera cut out the digital middleman and went into business directly, using Venmo as their money exchange. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "He Removed Labels That Said “Medical Use Prohibited,” Then Tried to Sell Thousands of Masks to Officials Who Distribute to Hospitals," 25 June 2020 The American Chinese restaurant is cutting out the middleman in deliveries so its guests will not incur additional fees typically found on third-party apps. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Panda Express launches delivery service as it cuts the Uber Eats, Postmastes middleman," 18 June 2020 My middleman was a much smaller operator than Harry Mace. Joyce Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "My Abortion War Story," 8 June 2020 In the Sixties, even Dr. Spencer, in an effort to help more women, became entangled with a middleman named Harry Mace. Joyce Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "My Abortion War Story," 8 June 2020 The development of large container ports on the mainland, however, allowed other Chinese cities to ship their goods abroad directly and reduced the importance of Hong Kong as a middleman. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "A ‘golden goose’ loses its luster: Why Beijing is willing to risk Hong Kong," 6 June 2020 The district hired a middleman company to buy it, and that company gave it to the district. Dallas News, "Why fighting your property tax protest is so hard: Texas hides sales numbers from public view," 4 June 2020 Cutthroat suppliers, shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 3-4," 24 Apr. 2020 In a final step, Cantor BioConnect relies on a web of middlemen, companies that find buyers for its products around the world. Jane Bradley, New York Times, "Blood Samples, Vital for Antibody Tests, Sold at Lucrative Rates," 11 Apr. 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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30 Jun 2020

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“Middleman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middleman. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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